A History of Russian Christianity (Vol I) From the Apostle by Daniel, H. Shubin

By Daniel, H. Shubin

From Apostle Andrew to the belief of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin provides the complete heritage of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that solid the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are awarded objectively and intensively, describing the increase and dominance of the Russian Orthodox Church, the various dissenters and sectarian teams that advanced over the centuries (and their persecution), the presence of Catholicism and the inflow of Protestantism and Judaism and different minority religions into Russia. The historical past covers the better degrees of ecclesiastical job together with the involvement of tsars and princes, in addition to saints and serfs, and priests and mystics. This, the 1st quantity, bargains with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the loss of life of Tsar Ivan the poor, simply ahead of the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of virtually 1600 years.

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According to the canons, a council of Russian bishops could select a native Russian as metropolitan; but in practice, for the most part, the patriarch selected him and transferred him to Russia (first to Kiev, and later to Moscow). In this manner the Greek Church was able to subject the Russian Church to its authority at the expense of Kievan or Moscovite leaders. In reality, the ecumenical patriarch had no business or canonical justification to interfere or meddle in the affairs of Russian Orthodoxy without a specific request to do so.

It was published a year before his death. Halevi’s book includes a chapter about the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism in about the year AD 740, likewise a traditional legend. In Halevi’s account an angel appeared several times to the ruler of the Khazars, who was a zealous idolater but with pious feelings. ” To discover the right way to worship God, the ruler turned first to a pagan philosopher who represented Pantheism, and then to Christian and Moslem teachers. After hearing their intensive and extensive 30 Part 2.

The king was glad, and provided on their behalf a great feast that day. ” Hearing this, the patriarch ordered his retinue to be summoned for them to perform a holiday liturgy, as they would customarily during a holiday; they lit the incense and arranged the singers and choir. They accompanied the [delegates] into the Church of St. Sophia and set them in the middle of the church in an open area, 25 History of Russian Christianity showing them the beauty of the church, the singing and liturgy of the archbishop and the row of deacons, explaining to them the manner in which they served God.

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