Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith
In the first of a series of books by Matthew Raphael Johnson, an Orthodox priest, the author investigates the Old Ritualists from an inside perspective, collecting essays and interviews previously... More > only available in Russian, and asking the reader the provocative question:
Who were the schismatics during the Old Believer schism of the 17th century? What was the "raskol"?
With surprising answers and touching commentary, Father Matthew Raphael Johnson forces us to ask if a schism of over three hundred years, previously thought to be over "two versus three fingers", has relevance to Orthodox Christians today.< Less
The Ancient Orthodox Tradition in Russian Literature
"...This book is written with the aim in mind of altering the westerner's perception of Russian literature and culture. Once the screen of the English translation is pulled back, the content of... More > these works is of immense complexity and assumes a great amount of prior knowledge of Russian religion and culture...the single thesis [of this book] should be apparent: the historic and religious content of Russian literature is the dominant element in that literature, and hence, should be at the front of all interpretation and criticism...."
An exciting new and must-read work from Matthew Raphael Johnson, surveying Russian Literature from an entirely new perspective. Both a scholar of Orthodox literature and a Russian Orthodox priest, the author opens the doors to new pathways of understanding the complex subject of Russian literary analysis in a new and exciting way, in his customary lucid and down-to-earth style.< Less
Heavenly Serbia and the Medieval Idea
Matthew Raphael Johnson. Serbia -- that most maligned and misunderstood nation -- is provided, finally, with a truthful account that stresses the nature of Serbia's medieval inheritance and its... More > importance to modern day Serbs, Orthodox peoples and traditionalists the globe over. This book is assured to be deliberately and nervously ignored by academic critics and CNN junkies worldwide.< Less
Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality: Lectures on Medieval Russia
Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality. A threefold slogan of Old Russia, a threefold description of the era from the founding of the Russian state until the Communist Revolution.
In this series of... More > university lectures, Matthew Raphael Johnson provides a thought-provoking survey of Russian history from a sympathetic vantage point to the old Russian way of life and provides historical lessons applicable to the present day. A must read for students of Russian history.< Less