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 background of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that solid the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are provided objectively and intensively, describing the increase and dominance of the Russian Orthodox Church, the numerous 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 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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They said, “We believe in God, while Mohammed commands us to circumcise the foreskin, not to eat pork, not to drink wine. After death we will exercise sexual activity with many wives. Mohammed will give each man 70 beautiful wives, while the most beautiful of them whom the man will select will become the sole [legitimate] wife. ” they said, “every sexual activity is permissible. ” Vladimir listened to them with great enthusiasm when they spoke about having many wives, because he himself was a ladies’ man and had a strong sexual appetite.

The Era of Kievan Russia Christianity as the state religion in their realms. The intent of the Primary Chronicle was to portray Vladimir as the Russian Constantine the Great. Neither of them was particularly Christian during his reign as a “Christian” ruler; both were military commanders who required a utilitarian religion with a superficial appeal to the senses in order to consolidate the loyalties of their subjects. According to the account, Vladimir found this in the local Orthodoxy, which to his military and pagan mind was superior to the religion commonly practiced in Kiev.

The evidence indicating a late composition is primarily the statement about the wafer used in the Eucharist. Orthodoxy uses leavened bread, while Catholicism uses unleavened; but this was not an issue of division between Orthodoxy and Catholicism until the split between the two in 1054, when the eastern half of the ecumenical church was excommunicated by Pope Leo IX. Even then, its effect in Kiev was miniscule and especially so given its isolation from the politics of Europe. The visits of Vladimir’s emissaries to other countries appear ineffective because only the Orthodox section is underscored.

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