Friday, December 05, 2008

Misconception of how Russia adopted Orthodoxy

Namely, the story about Vladimir I being impressed by an Orthodox church in Constantinople. The folks in the west who have recounted it in books make it seem like the Prince was a bumpkin who was overcome by all the gold leaf and so decided to convert all his subjects to the Orthodox Church. In reality, if you look up how Orthodoxy itself describes it, it wasn't so much a person being impressed by gold leaf so much as that in the Orthodox church Vladimir felt that he was really in the presence of the Divine, with the decorations contributing to it.

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