By Daniel Shubin
From Apostle Andrew to the belief of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin offers the total historical past of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that cast the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are offered 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 task together with the involvement of tsars and princes, in addition to saints and serfs, and clergymen and mystics. This, the 1st quantity, offers with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the demise of Tsar Ivan the bad, simply ahead of the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of virtually 1600 years.
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Extra resources for A History of Russian Christianity (Vol II) The Patriarchal Age, Peter, The Synodal System
Metr. Arsenius seized the moment to secure his career for the future; he knelt before the tsar and asked to be allowed to remain in Russia for ever. The tsar granted Arsenius his request, and he lived out the balance of his life in comfortable circumstances as a Russian archbishop. Some suspicion remains whether Metr. Arsenius remained in Moscow to keep Constantinople informed of activities in Russian Orthodoxy. Jerofius had expressed the fear that Moscow might expand its authority, and ascend to become ecumenical patriarchate in lieu of Constantinople.
Jeremiah the purely Russian ideological motive for the institution of the patriarchate, namely, to establish Moscow as the third Rome. In this document, Patr. Jeremiah seemingly replies to the tsar’s proposition regarding a Russian patriarchate with the words, “The Holy Spirit abides in you, pious tsar, and as a result of your benevolence, your proposition will materialize. Right and true is this conception of your nobility, while it is the duty of our humility, and the entirety of the ecclesiastical assembly, to perform this magnificent work.
The patriarch was personally gifted an elaborate miter adorned with pearls and jewels, having on it the three images of Jesus, Mary and John the Baptist together on the lower front, and the crucifixion on the upper front, with images of various saints all around. ” Metr. Arsenius seized the moment to secure his career for the future; he knelt before the tsar and asked to be allowed to remain in Russia for ever. The tsar granted Arsenius his request, and he lived out the balance of his life in comfortable circumstances as a Russian archbishop.
A History of Russian Christianity (Vol II) The Patriarchal Age, Peter, The Synodal System by Daniel Shubin