Копия Историю христианства Херсонеса и Древней Тавриды обсуждают на теологической конференции в СевГУ

The II International Scientific and Practical Theological Conference ‘The History of Christianity in Chersonesus and Ancient Tauris: Origins and Heritage’ started at Sevastopol State University.

“The university is actively working on the theme of the interaction of Russian civilization with the wider ecumenical community in which Christianity was born,” said Vladimir Nechaev, the Rector of Sevastopol State University. - The basis of Russian culture is the deepest, most powerful Christian stratum. Beyond understanding this core and the spiritual connection that every person living in Russia and Sevastopol has with the deepest Christian tradition, it is impossible to form a genuine sustainable structure of civilizational identity.”

The conference is attended by students and teachers of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations: sociologists, political scientists, future historians and - for the first time - theological master’s students, as well as representatives of the scientific community of Russia and other countries. “The theme of early Christianity, the Christian religion and traditions in Chersonesus is not only a theme of our Russian culture, it is the basis for cooperation with various countries and peoples. Representatives of other countries participate in our conference. Thus, this is also the basis for international cooperation” emphasized the rector.

It was in Chersonesus that the first seeds of faith were sown by the Apostle Andrew the First-Called. The Gospel appeared in the main square of Chersonesus, written in Russian letters, the Russian alphabet was found here and Prince Vladimir was baptized.

“Here is the beginning of our state, the beginning of our Christian, Orthodox identity, the beginning of our culture, therefore it is important to raise this topic at the conference so that students and young people recognize the importance of this place”, said Archpriest Sergiy Khalyuta.

The cooperation between Chersonesus and the university is a long-term one, because the museum-reserve is not only an educational centre but a scientific one as well. The topics that its employees develop are relevant, and students should be aware of the latest scientific achievements and discoveries.

“Chersonesus quite naturally is the basis for educating not only students who study history and museums but also theology too.The Byzantine Empire is permeated by Orthodoxy. Studying the worldview, social or personal life, and any aspect of history, we delve into ancient Christianity in one way or another”, said Tatyana Yashaeva, Head of the Byzantine History Department at the Chersonesus Museum-Reserve.

A Department of Theology and Religious Studies was established at the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations of Sevastopol State University.