The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill spoke about the recognition of theology in Russia scientific specialty. In his opinion, is progress in the Russian education, reports “Interfax”.
“I would like to emphasize the importance of state recognition of theology as a scientific specialty and the creation of dissertation councils, the expert Council of VAK. This, of course, progress in Russian education and Russian science. It is very important that this progress is due to the ideologization of education and science”, – said the Patriarch at the session of the Supreme Church Council in Moscow.
According to him, the indoctrination of these important spheres of public life “brought many troubles to our society, including science and education”. “Suffice it to recall everything that was happening around Cybernetics, genetics, and other important branches of knowledge which are not recognized as such just for ideological reasons,” said Patriarch Kirill.
“That’s for ideological reasons important branch of human knowledge – theology – was also imposed for public attention and were generally excluded from the list of scientific disciplines, in contrast to what has been happening in the leading universities in the world,” he added.
He pointed out that already more than 25 years, many in Russia continue to think about the relationship of Church, education and science based on old ideological stereotypes, including those formed in the public consciousness by the decree on the separation of school from Church and other documents and practices that emerged from the revolutionary events of 1917.
Today, however, in his opinion, these stereotypes are being overcome, as the changing attitude of the scientific community to the Church and its role. The Patriarch stressed that the Church attaches great importance to education. He noted that now there is a very deep reform of theological education.
In October 2015, the Presidium of the Higher attestation Commission under the Ministry of education has approved the passport of scientific specialty “theology. After that made possible the formation of the first specialized scientific Council on theology. It was created at MSU, Ranepa Institute of post-graduate and doctoral studies at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University.