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Eastern Christian Spirituality: Russian


The origins of Russian spirituality lie both in the Ancient Fathers and from the influence of Byzantine traditions.  The distinctive character of Russian spirituality may be in the way the living tradition of popular piety intersects with the rituals of the Church and the teaching role of the Russian startzy (spiritual directors).

[The Spirituality of the Christian East by Tomáš Špidlík]

Russian Theologians and Saints

Ways of Russian theology, Georges Florovsky

Orthodox Theology:  An Introduction, Vladimir Lossky

Russian religious mind, G. P. Fedotov

The Spiritual Life and How to be Atuned to It, Feofan, Saint, Bishop of Tambov

Old Believer Priest

Nikita Pustosviat Disputing About Faith by Vasily Perov (1880)

Reference Resources

Modern encyclopedia of religions in Russia and the Soviet Union, edited by Paul D. Steeves

The Philokalia : the complete text, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth; translated from the Greek and edited by G.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos Ware; with the assistance of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline)...[et al.]

Patrologiae Graecae [electronic resource], J.-P.Minge

Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Early Church Fathers

The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity, edited by Ken Parry, 2007

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, New York Oxford University Press, 2009

The Cambridge companion to Orthodox Christian theology, edited by Mary B. Cunningham and Elizabeth Theokritoff

Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, John Anthony McGuckin, 2011

Butler's Lives of the Saints, Butler, Alban, 1711 - 1773

Eastern Orthodoxy: a Selected Bibliography, developed and maintained by Tina Demetracopoulos, Georgia State University