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«Апостольскаа труба и евангельскый громъ вся грады огласи…»
“The apostolical trumpet and the gospel thunder all over the city ...”

Author(s): György Orosz
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Archaeology, Geography, Regional studies, Middle Ages, 16th Century, 17th Century, History of Religion
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Prince of Kiev Vladimir Sviatoslavich I;Christianization;‘state christening’;elastic mission strategy;Pagan–Christian religious syncretism;towns;villages;Metropolitan Ilarion;clergy;

Summary/Abstract: The Kiev-centred Old Russian State converted to Christianity in 988–989. The conversion of eastern Slavs did not happen in a moment however; rather it took place gradually and was the effect of a long and complex process of development. Christianity started to take root in Kievian Rus’ well before the 10th century. It is known that at the beginning of his reign Prince Vladimir Sviatoslavich I was dedicated to Pagan creed and even tried reforming it in order to consolidate the unity of his state. Christianization, the so-called ‘state christening’ was confined to towns first, as testified in a 11th-century report by Ilarion, the first Russian speaking metropolitan of Kiev: ‘The sound of the apostolic trumpet and the Gospel filled all the towns…’ The population of villages became intrinsically and spiritually truly Christian only later, in the 15th–17th centuries. The Pagan–Christian religious syncretism of the period is often called ‘double faith’, which is not the best term to describe a spirit and consciousness in the process of Christianization. In the name of its elastic mission strategy the clergy had significant initiatives contributing to Pagan Christian syncretism. This unique consciousness and spirituality created its own ideal of beauty and determined the characteristic features of the culture of Russia before the Mongol invasion.

  • Issue Year: 54/2009
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 189-203
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Russian