Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, Lavra, Academy

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The Academy held a conference «Topical Issues of Modern Theological Science»

On May 2, 2023, the annual national scientific students’ conference «Topical Issues of Modern Theological Science» took place at the Moscow Theological Academy.

The conference got together representatives of the oldest theological educational institution of the Russian Orthodox Church and young researchers from various higher state educational institutions. The conference was attended by undergraduates of the Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies named after Sts. Cyril and Methodius, students of the Moscow State University. 

Archpriest Alexander Zadornov, Vice-Rector for Scientific and Theological Work of the Moscow Theological Academy, said a welcoming speech, in which he noted the importance of students’ conferences. They give a chance to young researches share their findings and get necessary skills on scientific presentations. In addition, the Vice-rector emphasized the range of topics, which show a scientific interest to modern challenges of a church life and an attempt to comprehend them.

The plenary session:

  • Priest Igor Shneider, a second-year Master's student at the Minsk Theological Academy, delivered a report on “The Struggle for Orthodoxy against Catholicism and Uniatism in the Mstislav Region in the 17th-18th Centuries”;
  • Priest Maksim Filatov, a first-year Master's student at the General Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies named after Sts Cyril and Methodius, delivered a report on "The Historical and Canonical Aspect of the Theory of Primacy of the Constantinople Patriarchate";
  • Marina Andreevna Belousova, a first-year Master's student at the Law Faculty of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, delivered a report “On the Question of the Essence of Church Punishments in the Russian Empire”;
  • Maxim Aleksandrovich Arkhipov, a first-year Master's student of the SPbDA , "On the issue of printing the first Trebnik under Patriarch Filaret (on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the appearance of the first printed Trebnik in Moscow)".

After the lunchtime, there were sessions in

  • Theology and Christian writing;
  • Canon Law;
  • History and Church Art.

35 reports presented students’ scientific research done as a part of their final qualifying works. The topics raised in the reports concerned patristic literature, modern theology, canonical aspects of a church life, Church history and Church Art. Each presentation generated a lively discussion.

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