9961Re: maximum list
- Jan 1, 2004Dera List,
It is odd to put Chekhov and Dostoyevsky in the came class. Chekhov's
pessimism is viewed by many in Russia as the illness of society that
paved the way to communism and atheism. In that sense, he is very
Russian, but very sick and very little orthodox. According to a very
unorthodox writer, Berdyaev, the Church is responsible. Alkexis II
thinks so too, apparently.
For those who struggled for their faith in the USSR, Chekhov was not
really supportive. Since the battle is not over, I would not
recommend Chekhov's works about senseless life as an item for the
"Reflecting on the causes of the collapse of old Russia, we realise
that the entire Russian Church bears the burden of responsibility for
what happened to our beloved country and our people who proved to
have had insufficient immunity against the pernicious false
teachings..." (Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia: An Appeal
to Metropolitan Laurus and the Bishops' Council of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia).
"Despite its pessimism Anton Chekhov's (1860-1904) work conveys man's
capacity to love his neighbor. Although he sees life as senseless, he
also recognizes in man the capacity to strive for perfection and the
ability for self renunciation. Unfortunately, part of the blame for
the senselessness which Chekhov and more radical writers saw in life
must fall on the Russian Church. As Berdyaev observed, the Church
often "relegated spiritual life to another and transcendent world and
created a religion for the soul that was homesick for the spiritual
life it had lost." Confusion in the proclamation of the church's
message brought confusion to the spiritual content of literature".
--- In email@example.com, "podnoss" <podnoss@y...> wrote:
> Well, I'll give you my opinion.
> Anything by Dostoyevsky or Chekhov. Specifically Chekhov's "The
> Bishop" & Dostoyevsky's "Crime & Punishment".
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Justin Griffing" <jmg@j...>
> > In no particular order:
> > The Psalter
> > The Old Orthodox Prayerbook
> > The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
> > Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ (if for no other reason than to
> remember my patron)
> > The Northern Thebaid
> > The Serbian Patericon
> > Lives of the Monastery Builders of Holy Mt. Athos
> > Ladder of Divine Ascent
> > Way of the Ascetics
> > Unseen Warfare
> > In Christ,
> > Justin
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Olga
> > To: email@example.com
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:45 AM
> > Subject: [orthodox-synod] A change of topic, please!
> > My dearest sisters and brothers,
> > I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but it seems that
> > postings, if you'll forgive me here, have been getting a little
> > repetitive, even a tad... wearying?
> > I don't think that anyone's opinion is going to be changed in
> > constant verbal duels! It might be better, if for the time
> being, we
> > all just agreed to disagree.
> > Therefore, I propose a change of topic:
> > If you were stuck on a desert island, besides the Gospel, of
> > which Orthodox books would you want to have with you? The ones
> > you find particularly close to your heart, the most inspiring,
> > most enlightening, the most moving!
> > May I suggest a maximum list of 10, perhaps? English or
> > would love to hear about everyone's favorites!
> > In Christ,
> > Olga
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