Leo Tolstoy’s Faith: The Equivalence of State of Mind and Content

The article discusses Tolstoy’s faith in the unity of its two sides: as the state of mind of its carrier, and in terms of its content and life principles that flow from it. It is shown that at the same time and in the same respect Tolstoy was the bearer of a faith and its investigator; therefore, its adequate interpretation is possible only if the principles established by him for himself are taken into account instead of abstract and outward interpretation of what faith should be.

Messiah in Depression: Religion, Science-Fiction and Postmodernism in Neon Genesis Evangelion

The article explores the anime-series “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995–1996). The work is considered as a cultural product within the science-fiction tradition of the second half of the twentieth century. It is shown that the complexity of the series consists in how it weaves elements of Shinto and Abrahamic religions as equally relevant. Through the use of religious topics, the science fiction work acquires inner cognitive logic.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition”: Christian Message in a Post-Secular World

This article deals with religious, specifically, Christian message in the videogame “Dragon Age: Inquisition”, released in 2014 by Bioware. In order to understand the specifics of this game, the article includes detailed analysis of traditional ways to present religion, gods and believers widespread in the genre to which “Dragon Age: Inquisition” belongs — the so-called role-playing games (RPG). Special attention is given to the way “Dragon Age: Inquisition” utilizes common set of narrative techniques and game mechanics often presented in the games of this genre.

«Can a Christian Be a Socialist?» The (Ir)reconcilability of Christianity and Socialism in Revolutionary Russia

The article investigates debates about the (ir)reconcilability of Christianity and socialism among Orthodox clergy and intelligentsia in late Imperial Russia. The first part of the paper focuses on anti‑socialist texts by radical right Orthodox clergy who argued for the impossibility to reconcile Christianity and socialism, and interpreted them as rigid categories. The second part of the paper discusses various intellectual experiments by left‑wing Orthodox clergy and by Marxist intelligentsia who looked at Christianity and socialism as fluid ideas under contestation.

The Holy Scripture Through the Eyes of the Japanese Underground Christians: the Book «Tenchi Hajimari-no Koto» («The Beginning of Heaven and Earth»)

The article analyses Tenchi Hajimari-no Koto (“The Beginning of Heaven and Earth”), one of the rare written monuments of the Japanese underground Christians and a unique example of interaction between Western Christian and Japanese traditions. The aim is to reconstruct a specific understanding of the Holy Scripture by the people, who were for a long time cut off from any connection with Christianity.

“The Most Sublime and Benevolent Code of Morals Which Has Ever Been Offered to Man”: Debates on The Jefferson Bible

The article discusses the origins, content, and meaning of two editions of the New Testament constructed by Thomas Jefferson in 1804 and 1819. He had launched these editions in accordance with his views on the interrelatedness of religion and reason, of the freedom of conscience, and the right to interpret the New Testament through the prism of one’s own life experience.

“What Do We Believe?”: Rebirth of “Traditional Religion” in Post-War Abkhazia

Homily on the First Day of the New Year. Christianity and Progress (1860)

Religio Augustini: Augustine and Spirituality in the Augustinian Order

The Exaltation of Holy Cross and the Deposition of the Emperor of Ethiopia: Lïj Iyasu and a Mäsqäl Drama

On September 16, 1916 the Ethiopian ruler Iyasu was excommunicated and deposed. Although there in a great deal of literature concerned with the local and international political forces behind this coup, its timing has been considered only in passing. This article focuses on the fact that this event coincided with the major Christian festival of Mäsqäl (The Festival of the Cross), an early Christian celebration, which was elevated to the de facto status of a major feast by the Ethiopian Church in the 15th century.