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Boris in Russia
From the preface:
In this story of Russian life, one sees broad fields of grain and flax, herds of sheep and cattle grazing on the grassy steppes, slow rivers creeping for hundreds of miles across the vast plains; and one feels the deep religious fervor of the people and grasps the nation's wonderful opportunity for power and progress. In contrast to the humble home of the peasant, with its bare furnishings and meager fare, there is the magnificent splendor of the cathedral with its ceremonies, its jeweled icons, its thousands of flickering candles,--tiny flames symbolic of desire, which once kindled, burns forever in the human heart.
Boris Antonovitch, the young peasant of the story, typifies the Russia which feels a stir of might and looks for a place among the great nations of the world. Born in a country village on the Volga River, he grows to be a sturdy, active lad, doing his share of the work in the fields, and taking his part in the fun of the village festivals. But he longs to see the world, and with his father's permission he goes to the great fair at Nizhni Novgorod, which has been held annually for over five hundred years. Later he goes to Moscow where he sees the snowfall over the city, just as it fell in 1812, driving Napoleon and his French army out of Russia in disastrous defeat. He is in St. Petersburg for the blessing of the waters of the Neva, and for the joyous celebration of Pascha; and it is here that he decides to find his place in the work of progress for his people.
Our Young Folks' Josephus
A Children's History of the Church
If you ask what is the good in general of the paideia, the answer is easy. The paideia makes good men, and good men act nobly.”
-Plato, when quoting Socrates.
The Greek word paideia, “pie-day-yah” (English pronunciation) describes an ancient form of education which strived to develop the whole person intellectually, bodily, and in character. In Proverbs in the Greek Septuagint: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6) the Greek word used for 'train' is 'paideia'. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul deepened the meaning of the word, when he exhorted the Ephesians to: “…bring up your children in the 'training and instruction' (paideia) of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). In the Christian context, it includes discipline and training for the life long spiritual struggle for repentance against the passions (Galatians 5:24, 1Peter 2:11) and striving to be clothed in the virtues of Christ, our wedding garment (Matthew 22:11, Galatians 3:27, 1Peter 5:5).
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training (paideia) and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training (paideia) in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
“It says, ‘My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline (paideia), and do not lose heart when he rebukes you…’” (Hebrews 12:5).
“No discipline (paideia) seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11).
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