Moscow. 11 Dec. INTERFAX – the Number of people who wish to study theology, with increases every year, said the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion.
In the program “Church and world” on TV channel “Russia 24”, he explained that the Church keeps track of the control numbers of enrolment and sees quantitative growth coming in the theological Department.
At the same time, Metropolitan Hilarion noted that the emergence of theology in the Russian educational space was originally an interreligious project.
“It wasn’t some kind of Orthodox or Islamic project. All traditional religions were involved,” he said.
The Bishop, who is also the rector of the Church postgraduate and doctoral school named saints Cyril and Methodius stressed that, in matters of protection of dissertations on theology is also present inter-religious consensus: “we participated together in the creation of the passport of scientific specialty “Theology”, and together, we created the expert Council of the Higher attestation Commission of theology, who will approve the academic degrees awarded in that field”.
“And the dissertation tips will be to have a confessional nature, and an expert Council who will approve those decisions, is an interfaith,” said Metropolitan Hilarion.