MOSCOW THE THIRD ROME

Written by Vladimir Moss  After the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, writes Alexander Dvorkin, “it is interesting to note how long the peoples did not want to part with the myth of the Empire, to become the centre of which became the dream of practically every European state both in the East and in the West, … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε MOSCOW THE THIRD ROME.

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THE PROBLEM OF ECCLESIASTICAL AUTOCEPHALY

Written by Vladimir Moss The recent quarrel between the patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow over Constantinople’s proclamation of an autocephalous Ukrainian Church raises once again the problem of ecclesiastical autocephaly that has so plagued the Orthodox Church over the course of the last millennium.      Let us first offer a definition of ecclesiastical autocephaly. Following the … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε THE PROBLEM OF ECCLESIASTICAL AUTOCEPHALY.

THE QUESTION OF LITURGICAL COMMEMORATION

Written by Vladimir Moss One of the most difficult issues in contemporary Orthodoxy is the question whether the secular authorities should be commemorated at the Divine Liturgy. Many Orthodox believe that all the secular regimes in the world today are not only not Orthodox, but anti-Orthodox, and so should not be commemorated. Others, however, believe … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε THE QUESTION OF LITURGICAL COMMEMORATION.

THE ORIGINS OF NATIONALISM

Written by Vladimir Moss  We need to distinguish clearly between the concepts of the nation or nationhood, national feeling or consciousness, and nationalism.      “Nationhood,” writes Sir Geoffrey Hosking, “has two main aspects. One is civic: a nation is a participating citizenry, participating in the sense of being involved in law-making, law-adjudication and government, through elected … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε THE ORIGINS OF NATIONALISM.

THE CREATION OF MAN AND WOMAN

Written by Vladimir Moss On the sixth day, God proceeded to the crown of His creation, saying: “Let Us create man in our image and after Our likeness” (Genesis 1.26). The plural “Us” indicates that God exists in a plurality of Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. So man in his spiritual aspect … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε THE CREATION OF MAN AND WOMAN.

CAN A RULER BE ABOVE THE LAW?

Written by Vladimir Moss  The clear answer to this question, according to contemporary thinking, is: no. Indeed, one of the main criteria by which “the international community” decides whether it can accept a country into its blessed company is: does the ruler of this country, whether that be a single man, an oligarchy or a … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε CAN A RULER BE ABOVE THE LAW?.

THE EASTERN QUESTION, PAN-HELLENISM AND PAN-SLAVISM

Written by Vladimir Moss  If liberalism, socialism, anarchism and other false beliefs were sapping the foundations of Holy Russia in the nineteenth century, a different, albeit related disease was corrupting the rest of the Orthodox oikoumene: nationalism. Like many in the West, the Orthodox nations of the Balkans and the Middle East were thinking of one thing: freedom! The Balkan … Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε THE EASTERN QUESTION, PAN-HELLENISM AND PAN-SLAVISM.