State funding of theological education is “a symbolic finale of” atheistic education in Russia. About it at session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, said Patriarch Kirill, RIA Novosti reported.
“It is necessary that the people had no doubt that theology is legitimate today included in the system of scientific knowledge,” he said.
Religious education, according to Cyril, is required not only future clergy, but also to students of secular universities. “It may seem a paradox, but theological education inevitably broadens the mind and teaches respect for other cultures”, — said the Patriarch.
Support Church teachings does not interfere with the state, according to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to remain secular. “The government supports a theology like any other area of scientific knowledge, — said Kirill. — Now the question is: why do we need theology? In science this question is no less absurd than the question of why we need psychology or philosophy.”
Higher attestation Commission recognized theology as an academic discipline in 2015, and in June last year, defended the first candidate dissertation. Its author was the Dean of the faculty of theology of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox humanitarian University (pstgu) Archpriest Paul Hondzinsky.