L606 Spring 2019 Russian Orthodox Christianity
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 26–Apr. 16
Instructor: John Rybicki
Tradition claims that the culmination of the “Christianization of Rus” occurred in 988 with the mass baptism of the people by order of Prince Vladimir of Kiev. This event is considered the birth of the Russian Orthodox Church. By the 14th century the administrative center of the Church had been relocated to Moscow and in the 16th century the Church gained autocephalous (self-headed or independent) status. Today it is the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches. We will discuss: early attempts to Christianize the Slavs; a brief history of the Russian Orthodox Church; the rise of a distinctive “eastern spirituality;” and doctrinal and ecclesial differences that remain to this day between Western Christianity and the Orthodox.
See F603 for instructor information.