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= Who is Father Alexander Men? =
 
= Who is Father Alexander Men? =
  
Father Alexander Men (1935-1990) was a great leader, and one may say
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Father Alexander Men (1935-1990) was a great leader, and one may say architect, of religious renewal in Russia at the end of the Soviet period.  He was a pastor, who found the time to write a great number of books including a seven volume study of world religions, ranging in style from the academic to the popular, he lectured widely, at the end gaining access to radio and television and becoming a nationally known figure. He founded the first Sunday school after the communist persecution, established a university, made a film strip, started volunteer work at a children's hospital. He baptized thousands into the faith, was at home with simple people but was also called “the apostle to the intellectuals.”
architect, of religious renewal in Russia at the end of the Soviet
 
period.  He was a pastor, who found the time to write a great number
 
of books including a seven volume study of world religions, ranging in
 
style from the academic to the popular, he lectured widely, at the end
 
gaining access to radio and television and becoming a nationally known
 
figure. He founded the first Sunday school after the communist
 
persecution, established a university, made a film strip, started
 
volunteer work at a children's hospital. He baptized thousands into
 
the faith, was at home with simple people but was also called “the
 
apostle to the intellectuals.”
 
  
His life and person and writings  speak powerfully to a wide range of
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His life and person and writings  speak powerfully to a wide range of people, not only in Russia and not only Eastern Orthodox. It seems that he is one of the very few who can touch and speak to and for all Christians and indeed, through his broadness of learning and heart, not only to Christians.
people, not only in Russia and not only Eastern Orthodox. It seems
 
that he is one of the very few who can touch and speak to and for all
 
Christians and indeed, through his broadness of learning and heart,
 
not only to Christians.
 
  
He was assassinated in 1990  but through his writings and through his
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He was assassinated in 1990  but through his writings and through his memory and his spiritual heritage  he still speaks and it may be is an increasing presence in the world and his work becomes better known.
memory and his spiritual heritage  he still speaks and it may be is an
 
increasing presence in the world and his work becomes better known.
 
  
Believing in the importance of this work and this presence we have
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Believing in the importance of this work and this presence we have made this site. You will find here a selection of materials about Fr Men and his life. As to his life we would recommend first the very effective narrated slide film which is offered as a free download in our third section. Then [[We are Moving into an Age of Love]] by Irina Yaziova gives an overview of his work <!-- and [[Lament For A Murdered Priest]] by  David Remnick to get a sense of the event and resonance of his death -->... and then well you will find what is here...
made this site. You will find here a selection of materials about Fr
 
Men and his life. As to his life we would recommend first the very
 
effective narrated slide film which is offered as a free download in
 
our third section. Then [[We are Moving into an Age of Love]] by Irina
 
Yaziova gives an overview of his work <!-- and [[Lament For A Murdered
 
Priest]] by  David Remnick to get a sense of the event and resonance
 
of his death -->... and then well you will find what is here...
 
  
We also and in particular are making available as much as we can of
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We also and in particular are making available as much as we can of his writing which is translated into English.
his writing which is translated into English.
 
  
In this writing, if I may speak of my personal response which mirrors
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In this writing, if I may speak of my personal response which mirrors maybe that of many, I find an absolute openness to everything that is here and that is coming, and a way of speaking that is natural and without any patronizing or artificiality, and yet also an absolute confidence in the realities beyond the surfaces, a certainty of God—of the Presence of God in history and today. There are no false notes. The writing is simple in a way, although an intellectual festival at times with poets and philosophers introduced but never with sense of display. There is an absence of ideology and even of theology in the usual sense, and a presence instead of reality and of God.
maybe that of many, I find an absolute openness to everything that is
 
here and that is coming, and a way of speaking that is natural and
 
without any patronizing or artificiality, and yet also an absolute
 
confidence in the realities beyond the surfaces, a certainty of  
 
God—of the Presence of God in history and today. There are no false
 
notes. The writing is simple in a way, although an intellectual
 
festival at times with poets and philosophers introduced but never
 
with sense of display. There is an absence of ideology and even of
 
theology in the usual sense, and a presence instead of reality and of
 
God.
 
  
As you read you will, it seems to me, encounter a man and that man and
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As you read you will, it seems to me, encounter a man and that man and his living message can perhaps be important for you and for the world in our time and the time that is coming. So that is what this website is about, and without further ado I invite your exploration.
his living message can perhaps be important for you and for the world
 
in our time and the time that is coming. So that is what this website
 
is about, and without further ado I invite your exploration.
 
  
: + [http://seraphimsigrist.livejournal.com/ Seraphim Joseph
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: + [http://seraphimsigrist.livejournal.com/ Seraphim Joseph Sigrist]<br>
Sigrist]<br>
 
 
: Bishop. Formerly of Sendai and East Japan
 
: Bishop. Formerly of Sendai and East Japan
  
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* [[Two Understandings of Christianity]] - ''This is Father Men's
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* [[Two Understandings of Christianity]] - ''This is Father Men's Lecture "Two Understandings of Christianity with its introductory note as taken from “Christianity for the Twenty-first Century” ed. Roberts and Shukman.''
Lecture "Two Understandings of Christianity with its introductory note
 
as taken from “Christianity for the Twenty-first Century” ed. Roberts
 
and Shukman.''
 
 
* [[Seven Talks on the Creed]] (Excerpts)                   
 
* [[Seven Talks on the Creed]] (Excerpts)                   
 
* Excerpts from [[Son of Man]]                             
 
* Excerpts from [[Son of Man]]                             
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* [[Concerning Eternal Life]]                               
 
* [[Concerning Eternal Life]]                               
 
* Excerpts from [[On Christ and the Church]]               
 
* Excerpts from [[On Christ and the Church]]               
* [[CREDO]] - ''A selection of statements of belief taken from his
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* [[CREDO]] - ''A selection of statements of belief taken from his writings and organized by theme, with the compiler having added Scripture references.''
writings and organized by theme, with the compiler having added
 
Scripture references.''
 
 
* [[Preparation for Confession]]                           
 
* [[Preparation for Confession]]                           
* [[The Six Days of Creation]] — ''This lecture on Creation was given
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* [[The Six Days of Creation]] — ''This lecture on Creation was given in a public hall in 1989 during the brief, final period when Fr men was free to give public lectures. That there was still opposition is indicated by the brief disruption by loud speaker at the beginning which Fr Men deals with calmly and with humor.
in a public hall in 1989 during the brief, final period when Fr men
 
was free to give public lectures. That there was still opposition is
 
indicated by the brief disruption by loud speaker at the beginning
 
which Fr Men deals with calmly and with humor.
 
 
* [[Necessity of Dialog and the Difficult Path to Dialog]]  
 
* [[Necessity of Dialog and the Difficult Path to Dialog]]  
* [[Christianity]] — ''Alexander Men’s final lecture, given on
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* [[Christianity]] — ''Alexander Men’s final lecture, given on September 8, 1990 the night before Fr Alexander’s assassination.  It was at the opening of the Alexander Men Open University and all in all it is a writing of extraordinary importance. The source is our own First hour and the translation of Steve Griffin.''
September 8, 1990 the night before Fr Alexander’s assassination.  It
 
was at the opening of the Alexander Men Open University and all in all
 
it is a writing of extraordinary importance. The source is our own
 
First hour and the translation of Steve Griffin.''
 
 
* [[Why Be a Christian?]]                                   
 
* [[Why Be a Christian?]]                                   
 
* [[Christianity and the Arts]]                             
 
* [[Christianity and the Arts]]                             
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* [[The Christian Hope: Karabakh or Bethlehem?]]           
 
* [[The Christian Hope: Karabakh or Bethlehem?]]           
 
* [[Chaos and Logos]]
 
* [[Chaos and Logos]]
* [[Divine Worship as a Synthesis of the Arts]] - ''This lecture was
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* [[Divine Worship as a Synthesis of the Arts]] - ''This lecture was given in December of 1989. The translation, published in First Hour in 1997, is by Steve Griffin.''
given in December of 1989. The translation, published in First Hour in
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* [[On Nikolai Berdyaev]] - ''From a series of lectures on the Russian religious philosophers given in 1989.''
1997, is by Steve Griffin.''
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* [[Interview on the state of the Russian Church]] - ''From the anthology “Christianity for the Twenty-first Century”. It is an interview he gave just four days before his death.''
* [[On Nikolai Berdyaev]] - ''From a series of lectures on the Russian
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* [[From Conversations with Father Men]] - ''Selections taken from interviews and Question & Answer sessions with Fr Men during the last two or three years of his life.''
religious philosophers given in 1989.''
 
* [[Interview on the state of the Russian Church]] - ''From the
 
anthology “Christianity for the Twenty-first Century”. It is an
 
interview he gave just four days before his death.''
 
* [[From Conversations with Father Men]] - ''Selections taken from
 
interviews and Question & Answer sessions with Fr Men during the last
 
two or three years of his life.''
 
 
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* [[We are Moving into an Age of Love]] - by Irina Yazikova
 
* [[We are Moving into an Age of Love]] - by Irina Yazikova
 
* [[Father Men's Parish of Novaja Derevnja]] - by Olga Bukhina
 
* [[Father Men's Parish of Novaja Derevnja]] - by Olga Bukhina
 
* [[Reflections on Father Men]] - by John Erickson
 
* [[Reflections on Father Men]] - by John Erickson
* [[Boris Rauschenbach on Father Men]] - An interview with the Russian
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* [[Boris Rauschenbach on Father Men]] - An interview with the Russian Physicist and Space Scientist
Physicist and Space Scientist
 
 
* [[Is Father Alexander Men a Saint?]] - by Judith D Kornblatt
 
* [[Is Father Alexander Men a Saint?]] - by Judith D Kornblatt
* [[An Evangelical in the Russian Orthodox Church]] - by Herb and
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* [[An Evangelical in the Russian Orthodox Church]] - by Herb and Maureen Klassen
Maureen Klassen
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* [[Assasination of Father Men]] - from the Christian History Institute
* [[Assasination of Father Men]] - from the Christian History
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* [[Holy Sword, Holy Fire]] - A review of “Christianity for the Twenty-first Century” by John McMahon
Institute
 
* [[Holy Sword, Holy Fire]] - A review of “Christianity for the
 
Twenty-first Century” by John McMahon
 
 
* [[Fr Men and John 17]] - by Maureen Klassen
 
* [[Fr Men and John 17]] - by Maureen Klassen
* [[Opening of the Alexander Men Conference 2004]] - by Jeffrey A.
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* [[Opening of the Alexander Men Conference 2004]] - by Jeffrey A. Mackey
Mackey
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<!-- * [[Lament For A Murdered Priest]] - by Pulitzer Prize winning Moscow correspondent of the Washington Post David Remnick -->
<!-- * [[Lament For A Murdered Priest]] - by Pulitzer Prize winning
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* [[Alexander Men: A Modern Martyr, Free in the Faith, Open to the World]] - Father Michael Plekon
Moscow correspondent of the Washington Post David Remnick -->
 
* [[Alexander Men: A Modern Martyr, Free in the Faith, Open to the
 
World]] - Father Michael Plekon
 
 
* [[Memoirs of Father Alexander]] - by Vladimir Fainberg
 
* [[Memoirs of Father Alexander]] - by Vladimir Fainberg
* [[Father Alexander Men and Contemporary Culture]] - Albert J.
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* [[Father Alexander Men and Contemporary Culture]] - Albert J. Raboteau
Raboteau
 
 
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* [[Triptych for Father Men]]
 
* [[Triptych for Father Men]]
* [[Catholic, Evangelical and Charismatic]] — Joel Scandrett's paper
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* [[Catholic, Evangelical and Charismatic]] — Joel Scandrett's paper at the 2009 Alexander Men Conference.
at the 2009 Alexander Men Conference.
 
 
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Revision as of 06:02, 9 September 2009

Who is Father Alexander Men?

Father Alexander Men (1935-1990) was a great leader, and one may say architect, of religious renewal in Russia at the end of the Soviet period. He was a pastor, who found the time to write a great number of books including a seven volume study of world religions, ranging in style from the academic to the popular, he lectured widely, at the end gaining access to radio and television and becoming a nationally known figure. He founded the first Sunday school after the communist persecution, established a university, made a film strip, started volunteer work at a children's hospital. He baptized thousands into the faith, was at home with simple people but was also called “the apostle to the intellectuals.”

His life and person and writings speak powerfully to a wide range of people, not only in Russia and not only Eastern Orthodox. It seems that he is one of the very few who can touch and speak to and for all Christians and indeed, through his broadness of learning and heart, not only to Christians.

He was assassinated in 1990 but through his writings and through his memory and his spiritual heritage he still speaks and it may be is an increasing presence in the world and his work becomes better known.

Believing in the importance of this work and this presence we have made this site. You will find here a selection of materials about Fr Men and his life. As to his life we would recommend first the very effective narrated slide film which is offered as a free download in our third section. Then We are Moving into an Age of Love by Irina Yaziova gives an overview of his work ... and then well you will find what is here...

We also and in particular are making available as much as we can of his writing which is translated into English.

In this writing, if I may speak of my personal response which mirrors maybe that of many, I find an absolute openness to everything that is here and that is coming, and a way of speaking that is natural and without any patronizing or artificiality, and yet also an absolute confidence in the realities beyond the surfaces, a certainty of God—of the Presence of God in history and today. There are no false notes. The writing is simple in a way, although an intellectual festival at times with poets and philosophers introduced but never with sense of display. There is an absence of ideology and even of theology in the usual sense, and a presence instead of reality and of God.

As you read you will, it seems to me, encounter a man and that man and his living message can perhaps be important for you and for the world in our time and the time that is coming. So that is what this website is about, and without further ado I invite your exploration.

+ Seraphim Joseph Sigrist
Bishop. Formerly of Sendai and East Japan


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