Rus News Journal

Sergey Sergeevich Averintsev

has died to Write it the obituary difficultly and strange, it escapes an obituary genre. The obituary is similar to a monument, the sense of the obituary - to tell that the person was in the world centre, and now it is not present, but the world remained. And short to name this world. Sergey Averintsev, no doubt, was in the world centre, but thus as - that always escaped were in the centre.
it was very not clear.
its reports in 70 - 80 - e years collected huge audiences - nearly on one thousand person. It had not too successful oratorical manner, it almost bubnil. He read reports on six - seven languages, giving extensive citations on Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, German, English, French and Italian without transfers. Together with a low voice and enough strong absorption in itself it created absolute obstacles for understanding. Nevertheless all this one thousand listeners listened to it as bewitched.
the wide range of people suffices Its book it was required to know by heart that from circle not to drop out. But distinctly to retell that in these books it is written, it was possible to nobody - too difficult, it is too thin, too weightless. poetics rannevizantijskoj literatures we read all - try to remember now that there it is told, you will have a mosaic from tears of Avgustina and any apples stolen in a garden and why all - taki antiquity was lost and instead this Byzantium as - that you will not remember has begun. As a matter of fact, he always wrote sketches and though these sketches gathered in books, and books became the main texts of time but if now to formulate the main impression of these books is that shift you aside that you where - that in remarks on fields. All was peculiar to it any strange for the philologist, never articulated, but - taki clearly notable deepest doubt that something the main thing can be said aloud and publicly.
with the erudition not giving in to any definition, with the infinite live and dead languages, with the abilities to remember that of one pozdnerimskoj inscriptions on a stone the background Humboldt it has told in an early student`s note seemed an embodiment of the German scientist. German scientists - with it is unreal extensive knowledge, with a strict system of employment, with the schedule on the life, similar to collected works where every day fills the next three pages. There was such aristocratic tribe - Russian German scientists, and here it is possible to tell that last has left and, maybe, greatest of them.
But thus it - it is difficult to believe in it, but check up under the bibliography - differed rare nesistematichnostju employment, and operated on - russki more likely. Its way is terribly twisting, it throws from the Babylon literature to Pushkin and Goethe and from inscriptions in an altar of Sofia Kiev to Chesterton. It is not so regular siege of fortresses of ancient history and the literature, but, more likely, the extremely romantic not to tell adventurous attacks in the most different limits.
probably, the most amazing that actually all is external displays of the orthodox priest which it became in the end of life. The German scientific and orthodox priest, the erudite and the intellectual adventurer - all it looks as any kaleidoscope of masks. Thus that this person never played any roles and, probably, it is difficult to think up for it less suitable employment, than acting.
Actually all, certainly, speaks that before us deeply orthodox thinker. Actually, behind this unwillingness to appear in the centre first of all there is a Christian humility. Sergey Averintsev - the successor of that tradition of Russian religious Renaissance which has blossomed at the beginning of the century and so has tragically interrupted. And at it as the successor, was two problems which it and has executed.
on the one hand, from this school remains very little. It even it is not clear from what to collect, because it was based on connection of encyclopaedic European humanitarian knowledge with live church practice. For its development both that and another should be very strong, and in Soviet period in deficiency was both that and another. Sergey Sergeevich has managed to collect this tradition not only from the remained texts, and from world culture to which it has been turned. It as though finds that intonation from which would write about everything about what he has written, pupils of Soloveva, Florensky, Ilyin if they have created orthodox academy and this academy would be today one of the world centres of humanitarian thought.
and on the other hand, it there was very young school. Only two generations of philosophers, they had not time to express on weight of questions. When the school only is born, in it we will always feel spirit of romantic adventure, the world is still very fresh and opens anew, and it is possible to think absolutely about everything because still is not present any nahozhennyh ways. I think, to each reader Florensky is clear also to the majority its any desperate intellectual adventurism is nice. It seems to me, Averintsev has adopted this property, to it - is simple owing to that the new orthodox thought still so is young - the internal right quickly has been granted to express about everything, and it appeared at once unusually, is new, deeply.
Russian religious Renaissance, and the Byzantian literature, and antikovedenie, both church life, and existentialism philosophy, and Mandelshtam - separately all it was much in 60 - 80 - e years, but to connect this all together in one person it it is too difficult and it is unique, and it is not clear, how it at it has turned out. It is possible to admire it only. And still to tell here that. Sergey Averintsev was deeply believing person and if to everyone it will be rendered on its belief, nowadays it, undoubtedly, in paradise. It is difficult to name the person more this worthy.
GRIGORY - REVZIN