At the end of 2nd century Tertullian posited this perennial and unsolved problem as follows: «What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?» How, in other words, can purely human wisdom, philosophy and art enrich a spiritual experience? Addressing this dilemma in his «Christianity and Culture», the famous Christian apologist C.S. Lewis avers: «The New Testament seemed, if not hostile, yet unmistakably cold to culture…»
Fr Simeon will engage with this problem and suggest possible Orthodox responses to the dilemma today.
Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Simeon is the Rector of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kursk and a graduate of the Faculty of
Philology of the University of Moscow. He has worked on aspects of Russian literature and its interface with Christian theology. For a number of years he was the head of the Publishing house of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, Russia’s largest Orthodox publishing house.
Thursday 27 October 2016, 6 pm, preceded by drinks
Venue: The House of St Gregory, 1 Canterbury Road OX2 6LU