The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Why did I survive?

    On a hot summer morning in August '93, I was walking to work as usual. My path ran through the old Moscow courtyards, which at that time had not yet been subject to barbaric destruction. They were not revamped in a European way. And the old wooden benches with green paint kindled more tenderness tha...
  • Vilnius, the Jewel of the Baltics

    Approaching its 700th anniversary, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is attracting more tourists from all over the world every year. Everyone knows about Prague, Budapest, Krakow, but all visitors to this city agree that the Vilnius Old Town is just as irresistible. Moreover, with its 65 churches,...
  • The Bolsheviks and the New Religion

    The religion of our time, which could be called "tolerance" or "political correctness," is, apart from being the world elite's political and social agenda, a result of the indifference to one's neighbour and a cover for one's own sins. Socialism, as this faith was also sometimes called, seeks to dim...
  • The Tragic Fate of Serbian Writers in the Great War

    November 8, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of a Serbian poet, Milutin Bojić. He was only 25 years old at the time of his eternal repose, but his famous verses became a solemn testament to a great Serbian tragedy. Bojić published poetry well before the start of the Great War. His re...
  • Montaigne and the Renaissance

    The 15th and the 16th century is the time of radical political, social and cultural transformations. The revival of antiquity heightens the contrast between the pagan and Christian worlds; the reform movement in the church divides the Christian world into competing denominations; overseas explo...
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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