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.
"If the human being was made in God's image, why can't also a nation be God-like? A nation is already a creation of the Universe," says oral culture expert Shater Sahakyan's daughter Arusyak Sahakyan, a folklorist and expert on our national epic. Listen to a monologue with epic questions and answers in the portrait of someone who has saved 118 new narrations of the "Daredevils of Sasun" from disappearance.
- Arusyak Sahakyan
Can an author forcing their characters to speak in "Balcony" in the 3rd person tell this time about themselves in the 3rd person? Can a childhood spent in holey boots in a turned-playground large chemical plant left over from Soviet Armenia seem enviable in the eyes of modern children spending their childhood in front of smartphones? How did the Faust theme reach her and become reshaped under her pen? Has she tried to find any relation with God in her life and why does she think she will still have time to go back to the missed opportunities? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of cultural journalist Anush Kocharyan.
How was his native village renamed from Vzhan to Ujan? How did it happen that already at the age of seven he listened to Bach and Beethoven and became attached to them? A gardener, church reader, and drawing teacher: he manages to be in all of these states. Does he feel closer to God on the altar or below it? How did the TV set disappear from their home, and how did all the members of his family learn to gather around the Bible in the evening? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of painter Sevada Petrosyan, a reader at the Church of St. Mariane in Ashtarak.
Aren't two writers in one family more than enough? Has having a famous father in her own professional field hindered or helped her? Why is she sure it won't be easy in this life? Did she find out who was the one who was spared when she wrote: " Who did you spare, my Father, instead of whom did you crucify me?" What is orphanhood for her that it cannot be relieved by thousands of mothers and fathers? Why does she think that God is constantly silent in the face of human suffering? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of poet Ani Ter-Gulanyan, editor-in-chief of Andin literary website.
- Davit Aslanyan
Does history have physical and metaphysical dimensions, or, in other words, visible, material, and invisible, spiritual, dimensions? Is history a book of Divine Providence or an unregulated chain of events? What gives reason to believe that the battle of Hayk and Bel was the first world war? Why are contemporary wars considered to be hybrid, and how is history written today? We discuss these questions with researcher of the history of philosophy Davit Aslanyan.
What is the struggle of the boy from "Life and Struggle" with himself and with the world? What should be done with our education system so that a 14-15-year-old street boy that runs away from school (just as he himself did in his childhood) would love the school and stay there? Why is he sure that today is the triumph hour of the theater? Will Shakespeare endure the experiments of the modern theater, and will "to be or not to be" be heard in the interpretation of modern Hamlet? He is sure that love is the most mysterious thing in the world and is the basis of everything; what is his relationship then with the greatest Teacher of love? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actor Samvel Tadevosyan.
What does the transition of journalists from one mass medium to another, as a result of each political rearrangement, show — their insecurity or something else? From Stalin's volumes to the technical passport of the refrigerator — how many journalists today overcome this threshold of being informed? Since the 4th grade, he has been reading the Bible every day and hasn't finished it yet; what's the reason? Does he draw a lamb for the "Little Prince" named Mane in the most uncomfortable moments for himself? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of news commentator and TV journalist Artak Herikyan.
She left Armenia in 1988, prior to the earthquake, but what happened to her after that was an earthquake whose aftershock is still felt in her life. How did she outlive this? Were her Armenian identity and ability to rise from ruins recorded in the gross domestic product of American economy? Is her poetry an explicit flirtation with words by a single woman in bed? Why has she never asked for people's help while she constantly asks for God's help? What text has the author of the following verse prepared for her meeting with God: "Take me up, take me up!"? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of America-based poet and art critic Tamara Hovhannisyan.
How could we describe a modern Christian family with many children? How to be an obedient wife, not losing one's identity? How to connect children to the Church and Church life without compulsion? Are they an attractive and convincing example of a Christian for their children? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Markosyan, father and mother of seven children, members of the community of the Church of the Holy Mother of God in the 1st Nor Nork Block.
Why doesn't childhood have a measurement of time, and even when it has that measurement, why is it Love? How does everyone manage to stay alive in the zone of the measurement of Love, that is, in childhood, and how do beetles, regardless of their real size, remain so big but not terrifying? Are all myths, stories, and all religions really about Love? How did it happen that all Armenians, together and separately, got their own saints? Why does he consider himself a weak believer, and what hinders him from feeling completely a child of the Armenian Apostolic Church? You'll get the answers to these and other questions in the portrait of artist, art editor of "Andin" journal Artak Baghdasaryan.
Geologist, geophysicist, culturologist, former deputy, legislator, soldier, prisoner; and this is not the full range of roles of his life. He was imprisoned not only under the Soviet authorities, but also under two presidents of independent Armenia. What danger did they all see in him? Why does he consider Mesrop Mashtots to be the greatest Armenian? What is his professional assessment of khachkar? He was saved from certain death at least three times, but even at the most difficult moments he does not turn to God. Why does he constantly fight with himself and why isn't he content with himself? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Head of the Department of Geoecology and Biosafety at NUACA, doctor of architecture Samvel Shahinyan.
There is no shortage of heavenly elements and bodies in their family. He is Kaytsak (lightning), his brother is Paylak (summer lightning), and his sister is Lusin (Moon). How is it that the dawns in their family are peaceful? Why didn't he ever come to terms with the Communist ideology when it seemed to be most prestigious? Why doesn't the period of Renaissance end for him? Why did the trampled flower beds become the best shot of the Velvet Revolution for him and why does he think that the conversion of humanity should begin again from the same spot? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of artist Kayts Vanikyan.
- Karen Hakobyan
What is a free body? Why do its ideologists believe that state institutions, such as prison, psychiatric hospital, school, family, are violence against the free body? Why was it more prestigious in the recent past to speak of a free or absolute spirit in philosophy? What are the place and role of the spirit in the free body? What is the Christian approach to spiritual and physical things? We discuss these questions with management specialist, musician Karen Hakobyan.
It was his grandma that taught him the Lord's Prayer. What does he feel today when saying this prayer? How many candles did he like to put in the church when he was a teenager, and what did he ask from God? When did the church turn into a place of knowledge of God in his life from just a place to light candles? To which priests does he owe his spiritual growth, and how can they, being so different, be equally useful to the Church? What do youth unions at churches do? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of dentist Vahan Mardyan, the Chairman of the Youth Council of the Araratian Diocese.
She graduated from two universities simultaneously while being in Yerevan and then continued studying in France and is still studying. Isn't she tired of being in the status of an eternal student? Being both an actress and a stage director, where does she see the line between them? The topics of her dissertations and her own poetry speak essentially about the same things. How to overcome the "together but lonely" state of mind in art and cosmic dimensions? Of what army does she consider herself to be a soldier and why won't she ever leave that army? She believes in the existence of the living God. But can God be non-living if He is God? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actress, director, writer and translator Sate Khachatryan.
What is forgiveness? A one-act presentation, one winning chess step, or a sequence of steps, each of which has its own stages? Why is forgiveness necessary for both the forgiver and the forgiven one? How is the Lord's prayer projected on the psychological plane of forgiveness? Why is the absolute manifestation of love, without any conditions, considered to be the highest and final stage of forgiveness? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of psychologist Armine Vahanyan.
He was one and a half year old when he lost his father, and he was 13 when he lost his mother; however, he never felt lonely. What's the secret? Whose invisible hands took care of him when he was young and becoming part of a bad circle was very easy? Why did the entrance to Sevan Seminary panic him, but a week later it was impossible to take him away even by force? Why does the first place in his life belong to his family and only after that to his pastoral service? What a phenomenon is the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin for a clergyman working there, being both a monastery and a spiritual and administrative center? How to feed the needy both in body and in spirit when you are engaged in social service? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Fr. Markos Mangasaryan.
How did it happen that the meaningful root "Kessab" disappeared from his last name and his father's name changed from Vardan to Vasil? What was he doing in the Hayduk troop during the April four-day war? As a result of what life circumstances was his Christian worldview formed and how did he become connected to the Mother Church? What does the teaching of Christ give to him and does he have in his heart the dose of peace so necessary for a Christian? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of photojournalist Hayk Kiseblyan.
He is one of those Russia-based Armenians who finally moved to live in Yerevan together with their families this year. What is the connection between this event and the last change of power in Armenia? Living in a foreign country for about 20 years, how could he preserve his Armenian "species" and not be separated from his "homeland" umbilical cord? Why was his father, who carved icons and kissed the cross in the Soviet years, ridiculed and how did his father's faith in God pass down to his son? Why does he compare attending church and receiving the Holy Communion to baby's feeding on breast milk and why doesn't he understand those who justify themselves for not attending church? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Armen Sahakyan.
He was 12 years old when he lost his mother. Maybe he tries to return the bouquet of lost smiles when he considers smile to be the most important thing in life? Isn't it difficult for him to be the only male teacher of Armenian language and literature in school? When he is angry with a student, why does he put his hand into his pocket and what does he take out as punishment? Why does he think that the NSS should seriously deal with the test questionnaire on the Armenian language and literature? What is spiritual Armenia for him, and what role does he ascribe there to God and the Church? You’ll get the answers to the questions in the portrait of the young teacher Armen Vardanyan.
What is the relation of the birth of Vahagn announced in his Facebook page to the "Birth of Vahagn" by Khorenatsi? What is fatherhood for him as a Christian? Does he as an economist think the Bible is also a business manual? To what life circumstances and humans does he owe his formed Christian world view and why is he convinced that we as a nation need a second conversion? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of economist Edgar Aghabekyan.
When in the 6th grade he dreamed of becoming a priest, he was sure that Kevorkian Seminary was closed two centuries ago. Why did he hide that he wasn't baptized when he was entering the Seminary, and what did the Seminary change in his life? Has he managed to become a hunter of people during his army and prison services? How to preach, from the smallest church in Yerevan to the Great Britain diocese, the same Christ and Christianity, which is becoming more and more persecuted each day? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan.
A flag with his poem is still waving in Rotterdam. Was it for political or purely literary reasons that his book, kept under lock and key in his own homeland, was recognized as the best book of the year in that cradle of democracy? How does he turn social and political life into poetry? Why does he think that the human being is a state? Why does he think that "Narek" is the apocryphal gospel of the Armenians? What changed in his life when he returned from the other world with the name "Jesus Christ" on his lips? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of poet, translator, literary critic Vahe Arsen.
There weren't doctors in his family and he never dreamed of becoming a doctor when he was a child. What is the ideal relationship between a doctor and a patient? How to treat a patient if he or she is not the first patient you have met, but you are the first doctor he or she has met in their life? For many years, his work has been connected with the human heart. What has he managed to learn about the human being and human heart? Has he ever had in his life, as a doctor, questions to God? What can faith give a person? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of cardiologist Aramayis Nazaryan.