The Archbishop

  • ISBN-13: 9781543047776
  • Author: Tihon Hieromonk
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2017-02-13
  • Edition: 3
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
  • $24.19

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The Archbishop is a book that provokes. Written at the beginning of the 20th century, it continues to be a cry against the ecclesiastical conformity. The author, Monk Tihon, of whom we have no detail, is unsatisfied with the lukewarm general atmosphere that rules inside the Church. He devises an ideal shepherd in the person of the main character of the book – the Archbishop – who tries to bring the apostolic spirit among priests and believers. Nothing stops us from believing that this ‘Archbishop’ existed for real and that, maybe, he himself wrote this book. The Archbishop is a literary work, o novella, not a treaty of ecclesiology. The fact must not surprise us. Russians are a sensitive people who prefer listening to a song about God or reading a poem to studying the dogmas. Maybe this is why they have not given the world constructors of philosophical systems but gave us great writers and artists. The Lives of the Saints, as they were written by Saint Dimitry of Rostov, which many criticize for the abundance of ‘romanticism’ and ‘literature’, are representative for the way Russian people understand Orthodoxy. Father Tihon’s book seems to enroll the same tradition, where the main purpose is not to serve some norms and prejudice but to reach people, to be read. Although the book is somehow meant to be a spiritual deployment program, it is read as an interesting, realistic, maybe too honest sometimes, chronicle of the ecclesial life. The author is a good writer, nourished at the breast of the Great Russian literature. The characters are vivid, honest, uninvented. The book is read with pleasure and, once read, cannot be forgotten.

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