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Saint Tikhons Universitys Serbia Club hosts Belgrade lecturer

On September 22, 2017, the Serbia Club at Saint Tikhons Orthodox University of the Humanities hosted a lecture by Dr. Vladislav Puzovich, and Senior Member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Belgrade, on Russian Academic Theology and Serbs up to 1917: Russian Pathways in Serbian Theology. The event also included the presentation of his new book, a monograph on The Education of Serbs at Russian Theological Academies from 1849-1917.

At the beginning of the event, the head of the Center for Theological Education at Saint Tikhons Orthodox University of the Humanities, Archpriest Lev Semyonov, gave some remarks about the importance of the event for the university in starting off another successive season of the Club, which is devoted to developing amicable relations between the Russian and Serbian peoples.

In his presentation, Dr. Puzovich emphasized that, while in the 18th century several dozen students from Serbia had studied at Russian theological academies, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this total reached over 200. Russian theological academies before the Revolution had been centers for educating the Serbian theological elite. To use the speakers words, Russian theological academies before the Revolution had a universal (ecumenical) dimension, since they were places where members of other Orthodox peoples Serbs, Bulgarians, Arabs, Greeks, and even Japanese were able to receive an education side-by-side with Russian students.

Dr. Puzovich talked about such famous people as Nikodim Milash and Irinei Chirich. This is the time when, in Russia, the Church Fathers were being translated into Russian. Following the example of the Russian Church, Serbian academics also began to translate the Fathers into Serbian, Vladislav Puzovich told the audience.

After the lecture, Dr. Puzovichs book, The Education of Serbs at Russian Theological Academies from 1849-1917, was presented. At present, the bilateral relationship between Russia and Serbia in the realm of academic theology has not yet been fully restored, he reminded the attendees. In my book, I offer some reflections about how to normalize these relations and arouse interest about theological questions in Russia and Serbia.


Originally published on September 24, 2017

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