In Moscow, he defended the first thesis in theology, and its author – FR Paul Kozinski became the country’s first candidate of theology, reports RIA “Novosti”.

Theme of scientific work – “the Solution of problems of the Russian theology of the eighteenth century in the synthesis of St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow”. Kozinski defended her in the Church post-graduate and doctoral studies name of saints Cyril and Methodius. The hall was attended by about 70 people – representatives of the Church, scientists and journalists.

For the award of degree the dissertation was voted 21 of the 22 present members of the joint dissertation Council on theology. The academic Council consists of 23 scientists chaired by the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev).

Meanwhile, the thesis has received four positive and five negative feedback. Criticism of work has caught the dissertation that he is in his study uses a method based on “the personal experience of faith and the life of the theologian.”

In particular, doctor of biological Sciences, head of laboratory N12 Institute of information transmission problems for them. A. A. Kharkevich of Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Panchin, criticized the work in his review wrotethat the approach Kazinskogo contrary to the norms of scientific research. He reminded that all taught students and postgraduates in scientific laboratories, is not to take on trust any unverified, unverifiable and unfounded assumptions.

Higher attestation Commission (HAC) recognized theology as an academic discipline in 2015. Then in 2016 was formed first dissertation and expert advice made possible the defense of a thesis in theology. However, representatives of the Muslim community complained that councils consider the work of Orthodox theology. So now are created similar councils on Islamic theology.

In Russia appeared the first PhD in theology 01.06.2017

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