DOI: https://doi.org/10.21847/1728-9343.2019.5(163).180416

Apocalyptic reflections in the studies of the Russian orthodox priest Alexander Men

Maria Bardyn

Abstract


The relevance of the article is due to the increased interest in the cultural heritage of the last century. The creative achievements and worldviews of priest Alexander Men, which are a significant component of the spiritual Russian culture, have been investigated. The works of Alexander are open to secular culture, science, to other faiths, non-Christian religions and deep church roots, they are accessible and simple for readers. Alexander Men did not create a special doctrine, because his main task was spiritual enlightenment and the exaltation of souls. Alexander Men was gifted not only with an analytical mind but also with a prophetic gift. Predictions about future are picked up by ignorant people and not only mislead them, but also become a source of distorted ideas about the Bible argued Alexander Men. First of all, Alexander Men in his researches seeks to answer the main questions that concern people, to reveal the very essence of the mysterious book of the Bible, to make its deep content not only a narrow circle of specialists, but also a wide reader. In the article a comprehensive analysis of the interpretation of the theologian's apocalyptic prophecies has been conducted. Alexander Men denies literal understanding of the Apocalypse images and emphasizes to allegorical character of this book. Numerous symbols, fantastic images and visions are revealed through the images of the prophetic books of the Old Testament. His initial thesis is to understand the Apocalypse as a permanent reality. Therefore, according to the theologian Alexander, apocalyptic prophecies are constantly being fulfilled and reproduced. The reasons for not accepting the apocalyptic reflections of Alexander Men by Orthodox priests have been defined: contradictory interpretations of Scripture, admiration for scientific facts, inclination for Catholicism, distortion of spiritual Orthodox practice, excessive liberalism, ecumenism, admiration for Western theology. However, Alexander Men played an important role in the Orthodox Church, he had many adherents (believers, priests, and researchers) and he is still mentioned in articles and conferences.

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apocalyptic; orthodoxy; Christianity; theology; crisis; Bible; New Testament; prophecy

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