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2 The Polemic Concerning Church Slavonic

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This chapter talks about the book Богослужебный язык Русской Церкви. История. Попытки реформации [The Liturgical Language of the Russian Church. History. Attempts of Reformation] from 1999, which is a complete rejection of the replacement of Church Slavonic by modern Russian. It is a volume containing sixteen polemic articles by contemporary authors and six articles from the first decennia of the twentieth century. The chapter provides insight into the arguments of the defendants of Church Slavonic, their style, choice of words, methods of disqualification, use of historical facts, and analogies with non-orthodox Christian confessions. Church Slavonic mirrors the unchangeable character of the Holy liturgy. Reform of language could lead to reform of the liturgy, thus affecting the fundament of Russian Orthodoxy. The chapter includes the qualification of Church Slavonic by the writer Viktor Afanas'ev, as самый молитвенный язык в мире [the most prayable language in the world].

Keywords: Church Slavonic; Holy liturgy; non-orthodox Christian confessions; polemic articles; Russian Orthodoxy; Viktor Afanas'ev



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