Yuri Valerevich Maksimov was born on 2 April 1979 in Moscow (RSFSR) USSR. He’s an Orthodox Deacon, religious scholar, writer, theologian, publicist, missionary, and lecturer at the Moscow Theological Academy. Yuri Valerevich is a member of the MP Synodal Working Group on the Elaboration of the Conceptualisation of Inter-Religious Relations and of the Expert Council of the RF Justice Ministry on the Countering of Religious Extremism. He’s also a member of the Theological Commission of the MP Interconciliar Presence.
His secondary education focused upon “film studies”. In 2001, he graduated from the Russian Orthodox University of St John the Theologian (RPUSIB), after studies in the Biblical-Patristics Faculty. Since 2002, he’s been a lecturer at the Moscow Theological Seminary, teaching a course in History of Religions, with a focus on Islam, and he’s often involved as an advocate or opponent on boards considering thesis papers for the kandidatura when the topic concerns Islam. Yuri Valerevich is the head of the Sixth Day (Шестодневъ) Missionary Educational Society, and he’s published several works against atheistic concepts of evolution, proposing an Orthodox interpretation instead. From 16 to 26 December 2008, he went to Thailand on a working visit, helping the development of Orthodoxy in that country. Deacon Yuri was very close to the late Fr Daniil Sysoev, and he headed Fr Daniil’s missionary school after Fr Daniil’s death. On 22 May 2010, Archbishop Yevgeni Reshetnikov of Verey (the Dean of the MDA) ordained him to the diaconate. Yuri Valerevich has written a large number of magazine articles and several books on religious studies. For some time, he edited the website Православие и ислам (Orthodoxy and Islam). Most of his publications deal with the history of Islam and the problems involved in relations with Islam, so, Deacon Yuri has earned a reputation as one of the best contemporary Orthodox scholars in Islamic Studies.
Deacon Yuri defends the traditional faith… ask yourself, “Why don’t the people here talk about him?” The answer will tell you much, not about Deacon Yuri, but about his foes…
- Святые Православной Церкви, обратившиеся из ислама (Orthodox Saints Who Converted from Islam) (Moscow, 2002)
- Святые Отцы об исламе (The Holy Fathers on Islam) (Moscow, 2003)
- Религия Креста и религия полумесяца (The Religion of the Cross and the Religion of the Crescent) (Moscow, 2004)
- Православное Религиоведение: Ислам, Буддизм, Иудаизм (Orthodox Religious Studies: Islam, Buddhism, Judaism) (Moscow, 2005)
- Православие и ислам (Orthodoxy and Islam) here is a link to the book (in Russian)
Links to Articles (in Russian)
Deacon Yuri (along with the late Fr Daniil Sysoev) is a bitter and determined foe of the Blunder. That’s why he’s unknown in diaspora Orthodox circles. You see, the English-language material on Orthodoxy often passes through the hands of SVS, and they’re Yuri Valerevich’s opponents. Unfortunately, the ROCOR has succumbed to modernism… not outwardly (which is bad enough), but inwardly (which is FAR worse). Why do I say this? Vassa Larina and Andrei Psaryov… that’s why! Who would’ve thought that the official website of the ROCOR would EVER carry a defence of relations with Uniates? Read Vassa Larina’s impassioned defence of her ties with the Jesuit Bob Taft… that was OBSCENE, kids. Our co-religionists are suffering in the Western Ukraine, and Larina and Psaryov hobnob with and defend the enemy. Deacon Yuri shoots down the Blunder, especially the Blunder’s errors concerning apocatastasis (the Blunder is well-known for his defence of the errors of Clement of Alexandria), papal supremacy, and the Unia.
Deacon Yuri speaks for the REAL Church… the Blunder speaks for a pseudo-Church that holds up heretics such as Origen, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Florensky, Bulgakov, and Vvedensky as exemplars. Note well that ADS taught that all those that I named in the previous sentence were either Church Fathers or figures worthy of emulation. Ponder this… John Jillions is WORSE than ADS ever was. Jillions would drag the Church so far into the mud that the OCA might even go outside the ambit of the Local Churches of Orthodoxy. Can we still pull back? Theoretically, yes… and one prays for that. Realistically, I think not… I fear that we’ll have to drain the chalice to the bitter dregs.
God preserve us…