This is a radio discussion program embracing a large variety of topics. It focuses on the problems of Christian perception of the world, such as the laws of spiritual life, the mysteries and regularities of creation, the rites and messages of the Christian Church, and the Christian understanding of historic development and human thought. The program participants are seeking to find answers to the so-called “eternal” questions that have been posed by great thinkers of the mankind. At the same time, they try to understand those who haven’t seen the light of Christianity throughout their quest for the meaning of life.
Why has he named himself Zaven Haji Voskanyan in his Facebook account? How did the youngster that hadn't had any connection with the Church find himself in the Theological School of Jerusalem? Who dissuaded him from taking celibacy? Isn't it difficult for him to have a theologian woman in his family? Why does he consider that the existence of clergies who are scholars is important? Why doesn't he like to overload God with redundant issues? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Deacon Zaven Voskanyan, an acolyte at St. Hovhannes Church in Yerevan.
He is called by his friends a "reader with a bishop's engine." Why does he persevere in the rank of reader and why doesn't he want to climb the Church hierarchy? How did the sectant's camp and St. Mariane Church fit in his childhood yard? Was that his attachment to rites that took him to Jerusalem? What was the reader with the outer and inner form of a monk doing in the Monastery of Tathev for years and what is he doing now in Amberd? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Reader Khachik Vardanyan, spiritual supervisor of Amberd.
Her parents were geneticists in a country that considered genetics a bourgeois science. After many years she chose psychology, another "bourgeois" field. On what grounds were these branches of science labelled so in the Soviet regime? What was the most delicious "Christmas tree" in her life? When and how did faith in God and psychology meet each other in her life? What type of psychologist is the Christian psychologist? Does the Church need to work with such psychologists? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of psychologist Armine Vahanyan.
She wasn't from this city but now she has made it her own. Then why isn't the city pictured in her poetry? Why does she get offended when they say: "How can a good girl like you write poems?" When will her "alien" come? Is that true that this visit is late in the life of the girls who have dedicated themselves to poetry? What does suit humans more: worshiping the sun ray or its creator? Once she sang sharakans from the stage, but now she sings for herself only. Why? What have been the idols of her 21 years that she has broken one by one? What is apostasy for her and why does the Lamb always forgive us? Why isn't there necessity to give a New commandment any more? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of the young poet Mariam Harutyunyan.
Carving sculptures is his obsession, the way by which he participates in the creation. But what is creation for him? And what is stagnation which he is afraid of? Why is the elephant on a wire in his work? What did he feel when his works were exhibited alongside the works of Dali and Picasso? Who were his sponsors, and why does the issue of sponsorship in Armenia remain open? Can human's solitude serve his or her salvation? If it continues like this, who will remain in his wagon when the train reaches the last station? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of sculptor Rafayel Manukyan.
- Ashot Manucharyan
Sect, schism, heresy. How to decide what we deal with in each case? What theological and dogmatic theses did main historical sects have, and how do those theses manifest themselves in the actions and doctrine of modern sects? How to educate the Armenians that they may not fall into the hands of soul hunters.
The national awakening and earthquake of 1988 became serious motivations in his life. How did he find himself in the Faculty of Theology, and how did he develop his interest in this field? What was parontership and who was the paronter in medieval Armenia? How were sins atoned among the Armenians? Why doesn't our Church have a procedure for canonization of saints, but it didn't hinder our people to recognize its saints? Though he doesn't deem himself worthy to become a clergyman, he doesn't mind if his son becomes one. Why aren't there issues between him and God? Isn't it difficult for a man with his world view to communicate with his surroundings? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Hayk Hakobyan, senior researcher at Matenadaran.
She is a specialist in Classical Armenian, but for describing her complete image, it would be right to also call her a writer in Grabar and speaker of Grabar. What significance does she put in writing a scholarly report or poetry in a ritual language? Why are all her Internet posts in traditional Armenian orthography? Why is she convinced that it is possible to revive Classical Armenian and the orthography of Mashtots? Isn't this a Don Quixote fight with windmills in modern pragmatic times, and what are her arguments to win this fight? Who is God for her, and what relationship does she have with Him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of literary critic and specialist in Classical Armenian Lusine Avetisyan.
His main work office and residence is there where the sky is closest to Earth, at least in Armenia, and nowhere stars have been examined so much as here. What has living so close to stars given him? He was examining the stars; what happened that he suddenly became interested in calendar? His ancestors did the same work as God did when creating Adam. Where does his insatiable appetite for spiritual sphere come from? Why does he think that the Church must be engaged in all spheres of life? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of astrophysicist and specialist in calendar Grigor Brutyan.
In her case, in order to come from the end, we must start from the beginning. What happened to her on the operating table decades ago, when she left this world as a deep atheist and came back as a deep believer? Why did she decide to devote her life to conservation? Why wasn't the ministerial post for her, and why did she offer to resign from it three times? Why does she think that only moral nations will eventually remain in the world? And what was she told by the eyes of the man with a radiant thorny wreath? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of conservationist Karine Danielyan.
He was born in Lebanon and has spent his entire life among people of different cultures, nations and religions. How is it possible, according to him, to maintain the coexistence of people with different cultural, religious and national identities in the Arab world, which Europe that promotes tolerance has not managed to do yet? How has it happened that the position of the General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf has been entrusted to a Lebanese Armenian to this day? What is the mission of that society? What are the contemporary means for Christianizаtion of the society, according to him? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of Dr. Hrayr Jebejian, General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf.
The field in which our guest tries to reveal herself had been already plowed by her father and grandfather. Has belonging to a family of eminent representatives of this field helped her or has it hindered her from realizing herself? She was 19 years old when she went to France to study and received the main award of the Rhetoric Competition of the French National Academy in the same year. How did she manage to do this? Why did Milan Kundera give much importance to reading the Bible before reaching the age of 30, according to her? What can love do to a human being? Can love change the Stranger into Neighbor? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of writer and translator Shushanik Tamrazyan.
The Armenian actress famous during Soviet years is now also an author of essays and novels. Her literary characters are as lively as her roles played on stage. What remains from actors in the literature created by them? Did writing become a lifeline for her to keep her from going crazy in a foreign land? Why is her literature a cycle of monologs, and doesn't she think the entire post-modern art has become a monolog nowadays, because people haven't managed to perform any dialog for a long time? What are disappearance and expulsion for her characters, and why does she think that after the expulsion of Adam and Eve the entire humanity was exiled and it is impossible to return to the Paradise? Why did she get on the path leading to the Church, and isn't it the way of return to the Paradise? Does she sign only the books written by her or also her life? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actress and writer Anahit Topchyan.
- Seda Tonoyan
Many researchers, among whom Manuk Abeghyan, have mentioned the enormous influence of Christian world view and morality on our epic. What are the core Christian ideas in the Daredevils of Sassoun? What is the Christian value system demonstrated in our epic as a synthesis of moral norms? How is ordinary people's perception of Christianity revealed in the epic and how does it differ from the dogmatic Christianity of the Church? We are discussing these questions with Seda Tonoyan, lecturer at Russian-Armenian University, Armenology Department.
- Azat Yeghiazaryan
From October 11 to 13, the 5th The Armenian Epos and the International Epic Heritage international conference was held in Tsakhghadzor. Do such conferences enrich the field of epics research with new approaches or discoveries, or do they have a formal nature? What is the Daredevils of Sassoun under the light of Indian, Iranian, and Caucasian epics? What is typical of and unique about our epic? We summarize the results of the conference with Azat Yeghiazaryan, specialist in epics, head of the Armenian language and literature department at Russian-Armenian University.
What compelled the biophysicist to change his profession and choose Armenology? On the one hand, he admits that during Soviet years science was treated seriously and there were great scientists; on the other hand, he says that science in that period was under ideological pressure. How to understand this dilemma? Why does he name today's military-patriotic directions in our science "quasi-scientific"? Why does he think that only those nations and countries live in the past which are not able to build the present? Why does humanity like to dig into its past? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Armenologist Armen Petrosyan.
She has been living in Germany reasonably long. She writes in German and translates Armenian prose and poetry. She writes in German now and calls herself "bilingual" because of thinking in German in spite of knowing Armenian excellently? Does she have the feeling of being a stranger among her own people and a stranger among foreigners because she is now here, now there? Why does she consider the state of emigrants a "condition of an orphan that has two mothers and a life-long date of expiry"? "God is a realist, and His works and gifts are real, tangible and sensible," she says in her literary text. Does this text have the same value for her both in literature and in life? Why does she consider the attempts of slipping into her life in the name of faith from outside encroachment? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of German-language writer-essayist, translator Vanuhi Vahanyan.
Did his first profession of mechanical engineer help him become a programmer? He thinks that diligence, ambitions and talent are the pledge for achieving success. Are these three qualities standard for all countries, or is there an Armenian specifics? He believes in the existence of a power greater than humans, but he does not believe in the resurrection of humans. Why isn't he ambitious in this? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of programmer Vahram Martirosyan, founding director of Zangi Livecom.
Founder of an online radio station in the Diaspora, editor of Western Armenian Wikipedia, author of Western Armenian broadcasts at the Public Radio of Armenia – who and what is behind this free-of-charge patriotic activity? How did she manage to make her foreign husband half-Armenian? What do the Armenians look for in other countries that they can't find in their homeland? Living in countries confessing other religions, what has she understood about human rights and freedom? In order to take care of her mother, she left her job ensuring her comfortable life. Was this also part of the algorithm of her Art of Giving? Why and how does her each day become a confession of love to God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Shake Mangasaryan.
What is the reason he doesn't stay anywhere long, moving from one job to another and at the same time never stopping being an employer? What must not be the CV of the person who applies to our guest for a job? Why is he sure that business does not flourish in Armenia because people don't know the laws? Will the law work in finding and punishing the people who committed infringement against the firm founded by him? Why does he think that deficiency in pretentiousness is our nation's problem? How pretentious is he himself? If he thinks our nation lacks unity around some big ideology, can't Christianity be that ideology if the Armenian people have united around Christian ideology for centuries? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of founder of DigiLab, media expert Vahram Mirakyan.
Visions and prophesies are a dangerous area even inside the Bible when one is focused on them, trying to guess the times and historical events. While our guest has gathered the visions and prophesies of our Church Fathers and published them in one volume. What is the purpose of the visions and prophesies generally? How must we use them? For the former commander, was it more difficult in the battle field or in peaceful conditions? Once he acted in the political field but now he does not. Should a Christian have expectations from policy? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of the author of "Visions and Prophesies among Armenians," Ashot Hunanyan.
Why and how does information service become modern people's circulatory system and the god of modern society? What does a journalist feel when the assassination attempt toward his own person remains unresolved? Was it easier for him to work at BBC or in Armenia? To what extent is Charents's Nayiri Land related to today's Nayiri Land, according to our guest? Doesn't the heir of the Ter-Grigoryan family of priests intend to restore the historical justice by restoring his real family name? What are the fundamental questions of his life? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of the Executive Director of the Public Radio of Armenia, journalist Mark Grigoryan.
When he was a child, listening to a very non-professional performance of Moonlight Sonata was sufficient for him to dream of writing such a music. Today he already has his own “Missa de lumine" or “The Liturgy of Light.” But not only this. Is he satisfied with this? Generally, what deficiency or need induces a worker in arts field to create? Why does he think that the light is the homeland of all homeless ones? Who are the homeless? For the author of the Cantata “And There was a Man Called Mashtots,” what phenomenon is that man in culturological aspect? Is his work with spiritual texts a spiritual experience of a Christian for him, communication with God, or just a musical theme that needs a certain kind of music? You’ll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of composer, conductor and musicologist Davit Halajyan.
Why does he call Glendale Khashatagh? How is it related to khash, the traditional Armenian dish? Why do the representatives of traditional Armenian political parties silently leave the hall when he reads his humoristic stories about those parties? How did it happen that the Soviet newspaper "Komunizmi ughiov" published an article signed by his name but not authored by him? Why did he change his Keshishyan family name that means "of priests," and why hasn't he been in good relations with Christianity to this day? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of writer, dramatist Khoren Aramuni.