Alexander Schmemann – the other side of the coin
Paul Siladi, Alexander Schmemann – the other side of the coin
One of the few priests, authors of published journals, is Alexander Schmemann, professor of theology from the Russian emigration. Published in English in 2000, his journal covers his last ten years of life, before his premature end in 1983 when he was defeated by cancer. This text explores some of the major themes of the journal: reflecting on the need to write, differentiating between religion and faith, contemporary Orthodoxy and its challenges, but also the author’s deeply human dimension, reflected in his notes.
Keywords: Alexander Schmemann, journal, religion, faith, orthodoxy, diaspora, Russian emigration