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The Most Common Distortions of Church Life. Their Contents and Ways to Overcome Them

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This theological conference – hosted by St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute (Moscow, Russia) and the Faculty of Theology of Lucian Blaga University (Sibiu, Romania) – focused on the major problem of distortions in church life and its departure from the norms established by the spirit of Christ’s message as expressed in Holy Scripture and the decrees of the Ecumenical and local councils.

The publication contains presentation and discussion transcripts both in Russian and English.

The book is intended for theology students at institutions of higher education as well as for anyone interested in the pressing issues in church life today.

Table of Contents

Opening Address: Dmitry Gasak, Vice-Rector of St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute

Welcome Address to Conference Attendees: Fr. Georgy Kochetkov, Rector of St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute

Welcome Address to Conference Attendees: Fr. Ioan Mircea Ielciu, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Lucian Blaga University

David Gzgzyan
Holy Tradition in Orthodox Theology and Practice: The ‘Norm’ vs. Distortions

Sebastian Moldovan
Considering Imperative: An Onto-Theological Perspective on Rules and Regulations, Commandments, Order, Discipline, and Authority

Fr. Nicolae Chifăr
Respect or Neglect/Break? An Actual Reporting to the Canonical-Liturgical Provisions of the Ecumenical Councils

Vladimir Yakuntsev
Overcoming Superstition among Parishioners during the process of Catechesis: Reflections from Practical Experience among Catechists

A Short Resume of Conference Participants

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