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The Religious and Spiritual Context

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892945
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0004
The Religious and Spiritual Context

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This chapter discusses some of the pervasive themes in the Russian religious and spiritual traditions: the idea that the Kingdom of God will come on earth; the richness of the inner life, as seen in Hesychasm; the idea of Russia as Third Rome. A section of the chapter focuses on the lives and works of two major Russian saints: Sergius, the founder of monasteries; and Seraphim, the illuminator. Attention is also drawn to elements of pagan spirituality that reappear in Christian and later in Cosmist form.

Keywords: Hesychasm; Third Rome; Saint Sergius; Saint Seraphim; Russian Paganism

Chapter.  3813 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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