After the lectures the students will be able to:
a) approach interdisciplinary the Russian religious phenomenon in its interactions with domestic and world culture.
b) record the characteristics of the spirituality of Eastern Slavic societies
c) describe forms of spirituality such as monasticism, salivation, ageless alienation as well as extreme forms of asceticism
d) distinguish the socio-ecclesiastical roots of Russian nihilism and anarchism.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course is aiming at enhancing the spirituality of the East Slavic societies as imprinted and continues to evolve in the various encounters of their theology with both history and spiritual/material civilization. The following topics are analyzed: Characteristics of the Russian spirituality: monasticism, fool-for-Christ behavior, perpetual immigration. Extreme types of asceticism. The “poetics” of deviation within the sects and the Old Believers’ schism. The influence of German mysticism in Russian spirituality. The spirituality in Russian philosophy (Berdyaev, Bulgakov, Florensky) and literature (Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy). Lay spirituality: The troubadours of faith, the enchanted folk tale, the Lubok [popular print], the box, the Matryoska Doll. Socio-ecclesiastical roots of the Russian nihilism and anarchism. The Homo Sovieticus. The name of the Father: key for understanding.
spirituality, monasticism, asceticism, October Revolution