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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

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  • Nature in Montaigne and Emerson

    In his book Representative Men, Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th-century American writer and philosopher, places Michel de Montaigne, a 16th-century French essayist, alongside Plato, Shakespeare and Goethe. In the title of the essay about him, Emerson calls him “The Skeptic.” Why didn’t he name Montaigne...
  • A Short Rumination on School Shootings

    The Florida school shooting last week was just the last in a series of random mass murders in the United States in this century. What used to be an outrage and anomaly only 50 years ago has now become common, not only in America, but also increasingly in other parts of the world. There have been cou...
  • The Roots and Development of Divergence between the Latin West and the Greek East

    Last Autumn, the anniversary of the Council of Constantinople (867) was commemorated. Convened by Patriarch Photios to address the question of papal supremacy over all of the churches and their patriarchs and the use of the filoque, one of the stumbling blocks to the unity of the Latin West and the...
  • Four Revelations by Dostoyevsky

    Remembering my youth now, I understand that Dostoevsky has taken possession of my soul since I was seventeen. I recall well that when studying mechanical engineering at the Moscow State University, I always tried to make time for Dostoevsky. In the end, this led to the fact that I just began waiting...
  • Blaise Cendrars and the Power of Death

    "A thousand million people have devoted to me all their activity of a day, their strength, their talent, their knowledge, their intelligence, their habits, their feelings, their hearts. And now I have the knife in my hand. The Bonnot clasp-knife. "Long live humanity!" I feel a cold truth summed up b...
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Five Rules of Teaching by Alexander Solzhnitsyn
Later this year, 100 years since the birth of Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) will be commemorated. He is known throughout the world as a great writer, Gulag survivor, philosopher and dissident. Not many known that Solzhenitsyn was also a pedagogue. The famous writer was not only a teacher, but a...
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