Voices from Russia

Monday, 12 May 2008

Deacon Andrei Kuraev Called St Vladimir the Baptiser of Russia “A True Rocker”

Deacon Andrei Kuraev (1963- ), professor at the Moscow Theological Academy (MDA) and popular preacher

Deacon Andrei Kuraev, professor at Moscow Theological Academy, believes that Grand Prince St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev and modern rockers have a lot in common. “Prince Vladimir was a real true rocker. He knew how to choose… Rock is a culture of protest; it does not give polite refusals. A personality says ‘no’ when it refuses to obediently bear the burden of all the clichés drummed into it”, Fr Andrei said at a concert of the group DDT, which is now on a large concert tour around the Ukraine in honour of the 1020th anniversary of the baptism of Russia.

“When an individual refuses to think and choose, others do it for them, and then, kitsch bubblegum music (‘the pink mouth of a hungry dog’ in the original, a quote from a famous Russian rock song: editor’s note) rules your mind, together with ads and glam”, Fr Andrei noted. He also noted that the most important SMS message a person may get in their life, warns, “Wake up, Neo, the matrix is after you!” He wished that the audience would decide in their hearts to go “to the Dnieper, from there, to Jerusalem, and then, up to Heaven”.

12 May 2008




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