Returning to Spirituality


Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL062000

This book consists of articles that were presented at the International Conference dedicated to the 80th birth-anniversary and 35th anniversary since the enthronement of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II. The conference was held by the International Centre for Christian Studies at the Orthodox Church of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 14-15 December, 2012. The conference had three working sections: religion and science; religion and culture; and “God, Motherland and Man.”

Participants of the conference were scholars from the USA, France, Italy, Rumania, Poland, Czechia, and Lithuania; participants included the most reverend hierarchs, clergymen and representatives of the Georgian government. The work of the conference was summed up by the Round Table which outlined the tasks and methods of further cooperation. The participants of the Second International Conference expressed hope that modern society would fully estimate the dangers caused by the present lack of spirituality and will do all that is possible to restore spirituality in all spheres of public life. All these elements are examined and written about in this book. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Plenary Session

Introductory Speech
(David Muskhelishvili)

(David Usupashvili, Tamaz Gamkrelidze and Henryk Paprocki)


Modernity and Eternal Values
(Metropolitan of Sachkhere and Chiatura, Daniel Datuashvili)

Religion and Science

Man – the Icon of God
(Archbishop of Tsageri and Lentekhi, Stephane Kalaijishvili)

The Relationship between Religion and Science in the Epistles of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia
(Archpriest Zurab Tskhovrebadze and Professor Alex Gerasimov, Georgia)

An Epistle Unknown in Nicétas Stétathos’ Manuscripts Present in Arsen of Iqalto’s “Dogmaticon”
(Maia Rapava, Georgia)

The Relation of Religion to Science: An Orthodox Point of View
(Archpriest Henryk Paprocki, Poland)

The Basic Principles of Constructing Mentality and the Social World in the Process of Education
(Maia Darchia, The Czech Republic)

Psychological Science in Georgia and the Present
(Irakli Imedadze, Georgia)

Formation and Development of the Scientific Field “Kartvelology” in St Tikhon’s Orthodox University
(Protopriest Vladimir Vorobiev, Priest Gennady Egorov, Russia)

For Peace in the Whole World
(Archpriest Bidzina Gunia, Georgia)

The Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos and Georgia (Past, Present, Future)
(Eka Dughashvili, Georgia)

On the Interrelation between Faith and Knowledge
(Parmen Margvelashvili, Georgia)

Religion and Culture

Contribution of Georgian Art History to the Saving of Christian Culture in the Soviet Period
(Mariam Didebulidze, Georgia)

The Imagology of Gergeti Trinity Church
(Asmat Okropiridze, Georgia)

The Contribution of the Georgian Orthodox Church to the Protection and Preservation of the Georgian Christian Heritage Abroad (1970s – first decade of the 21st century)
(Eldar Bubulashvili, Georgia)

Georgian Ecclesiastical Art at the Junction of the 20th and 21st Centuries
(Nana Burchuladze, Georgia)

The Orthodox Church and the Observance of Ethic Norms in the Georgian TV Media
(Giorgi Kipiani, Georgia)

On the Spiritual Nature of the National and the Intimate in Ilia Tchavtchavadze’s Creative Work
(Griver Parulava, Georgia)

Liturgical Reading – Tradition and the Situation Today
(Magda Sukhiashvili, Georgia)

The Language of the Revelation (Ioane Zosime’s “A Eulogy in Praise of the Georgian Language”)
(Giorgi Alibegashvili, Georgia)

God, Motherland, Human-Being

Globalization and the Problem of Patriotism
(Sergo Vardosanidze, Georgia)

The Georgian Historical Tradition and the Sixth Ecumenical Council
(Mzia Surguladze, Georgia)

Ilia II and Problems in Georgia’s Contemporary History
(Alexander Daushvili, Georgia)

The Church Factor in the National Movement of Georgia during the 1980s
(Otar Janelidze, Georgia)

The Apostolic Merit of Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia
(Metropolitan of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, Nikoloz Pachuashvili)

An Apostle of Hope in a Time of Dread
(Pastor Robert Scudier, USA)

Political Culture in Modern Georgia
(Armaz Akhvlediani, Georgia)

A Christian Church’s Engagement with the State School System – A Case Study of the Church in Wales since 1997
(David W. Lankshear, Great Britain)

The Woman and the Family
(Tina Ivelishvili, Georgia)

Nationalism and Patriotism
(Otar Gogolishvili, Georgia)

Interrelation between the Generations in a Traditional Georgian Family
(Valerian Itonishvili, Georgia)

Civilization and Ethics and their Sacred Dimension
(Archimandrite, Adam Akhaladze)

The Bishoprics of the Georgian Orthodox Church in Armenia
(Giorgi Tcheishvili, Georgia)

Verse by Nun Ellene Napetvaridze


The book is written for high-level educated people and theological society.

<a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Click here</a>, to read the review by – <strong>Lia Melikishvili, corresponding member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.

“The present book comprises proceedings of the international Symposium ‘Returning to Spirituality’ (Tbilisi, 14-15 December). The participants of the Symposium were well-established scholars of humanities and theology. The volume will be of particular interest for anyone interested in the problems of interaction of religion, science and culture both in general and in Georgia proper. In addition, readers with a keen interest in broad problems of Georgian studies will discover this volume particularly valuable.” – Dr. Zaza Aleksidze, Historian / Decipherer, Institute of Manuscripts in Tbilisi, Georgia

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