Muscovites spoke about the life and fates of the children of the Orthodox clergy of the XIX century


18 October in the capital, in the Main building of the Orthodox St. Tikhon humanitarian University, held a lecture from the cycle “the Second finding. Russian spiritual culture of the XIX century”. Church historian, candidate of historical Sciences Natalia Sukhova told about the life and fate of the children of the Orthodox clergy of the XIX century.

As noted in his speech, the Church historian Natalia Sukhova, the clergy was the most closed of all Russian social classes in the XVIII-XIX centuries. “No class in the history of Russia had and has such mixed reviews, as a spiritual, that is, the sacred – and clergymen, and their families. On the one hand, well-known examples of sacrificial service of bishops and parish priests, monastics, and missionaries, she said. – The clergy gave a host of great and Reverend saints, theologians, professors of spiritual and secular schools. “The Popovich” not only succeeded their fathers in the Church, but leaving “the world” and choosing other fields, was the cream of Russian science and culture.”

On the other hand, says the historian, the conventional wisdom was ironic and a little attractive image of the priest, ignorant and selfish, who cared more about his flock and of personal well-being. “Often, “Popovich” accused of nihilism, atheism, participation in the revolution. It is well known that Chernyshevsky and Dobrolyubov were sons of priests. They very early became atheists, enemies of the autocratic regime and committed supporters of the revolution,” – said Natalia Sukhova. In her opinion, “Russian clerical origin” of the nineteenth century – indeed a complex phenomenon and it requires serious study.

The next lecture cycle will take place on 7 November. Doctor of theology Archpriest Paul Hondzinsky talk about the main currents of Russian religious thought of the XVIII-XIX centuries and the first third of the nineteenth century was the “Golden age” of Russian culture – thanks to or in spite of the influence of Freemasonry and other Western mystical currents.

As a part of the “Second finding. Russian spiritual culture of the XIX century” the best experts on the history, literature, cultural studies and theology will share their knowledge about all aspects of life in pre-revolutionary Russia – about Russian sainthood and the peculiarities of peasant life, secular literature, and of the birth of Russian religious philosophy, the old believers, Freemasonry and much more. A series of lectures designed for two seasons and is addressed to all who are interested in national history, history of Russian culture and history of the Russian Church.

To see the program on the website of the Historical, cultural and educational center of the announce of the “Cathedral of Commerce”:

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