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By Daniel H. Shubin

From Apostle Andrew to the belief of Soviet authority in 1990, Daniel Shubin offers the full background of Christianity in Russia in a 3-volume sequence. The occasions, humans and politics that solid the earliest traditions of Russian Christianity are provided objectively and intensively, describing the increase and dominance of the Russian Orthodox Church, the various dissenters and sectarian teams that advanced over the centuries (and their persecution), the presence of Catholicism and the inflow of Protestantism and Judaism and different minority religions into Russia. The background covers the better degrees of ecclesiastical job together with the involvement of tsars and princes, in addition to saints and serfs, and priests and mystics. This, the 1st quantity, offers with the interval from Apostle Andrew to the dying of Tsar Ivan the negative, simply ahead of the election of the 1st Russian Patriarch, a interval of just about 1600 years.

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In ecstasy and amazement, the visitors lauded their services, and kings Basil and Constantine summoned them and said to them, “Go to your land,” and they released them with great gifts and with honor. Basil II and Constantine VIII reigned as co-regents in Constantinople, beginning AD 975. ” The emissaries said, “We went to the Bulgars and watched how they worshiped in their temple, that is, in their mosque. They stand, not wearing a waistband;1 when they worship, they sit on their tails and look this way and that way, as though insane.

The first is the account of Metr. Ilarion, a contemporary of Yaroslav, written between 1037 and 1050; the second is that of the monk Yacov, mentioned above, a contemporary of Izyaslav, which was written about 1070. None of the three records mentions anything about delegates sent to Vladimir from adherents of the various religions or about his emissaries to being sent to survey the other religions. What all three do state — and this, positively — is that Vladimir made the decision to accept Orthodoxy entirely on his own, without any intervention or influence of others.

Later, he became abbot of Izyaslav Monastery of St. Dimitri in Kiev. Isai retained the position of bishop of Rostov from 1077 to 1089, and expanded his diocese to include Suzdal. The preacher Avrami was also popular in Rostov in later years. According to tradition, he destroyed the statue of the idol Voloss with a stick given to him by Apostle John, in a vision. This occurred during the rule of Vladimir Monomakh. After the death of Yaroslav in 1054, his sons Izyaslav, Sviatoslav and Vsevolod held control of the throne in a more or less peaceful manner until an internecine struggle burst into the open and Sviatopolk seized control in 1093, retaining it until 1114.

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