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.
Can light be alien? Why does his literary character consider himself a servant of God or a wanderer who searches for the house of his soul? Why is literature a spiritual activity for him and the writer, if he or she aspires spiritual progress, a saved writer? Why are women in his novel horrible creatures? What is the true good and why do people, bypassing the living God, create their own gods who can never satisfy people? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of young writer Artur Mikoyan.
How did the Little Prince become the first big text in his life and compelled him to be reckoned with it? What remained from that text for him that became a world view? How did it happen that the church altar became the first theatrical stage in his life? Maybe that was the reason that he wasn't able to be integrated in the church in the real sense of that word? Why was "Crime and Punishment" the most influential book for him? How to explain the intellect, seriousness and dramatic vibe that can be felt in his voice? What does intellectual actor mean? Why is the "conflict of fathers and sons" one of his favorite topics? What homeland would he want to pass down to his children? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actor Babken Chobanyan.
- Davit Akelyan
- Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan
How is faith defined in philosophy and Christianity, and what is the difference between those definitions? Why did writer, philosopher Albert Camus consider humans religious creatures? What and who is honorable for a human being to believe in? Is the religious faith the only reliable and real demonstration of faith? What is "scientific faith"? Why was philosopher Kant, who would be surprised seldom, surprised by two things: the starlit sky above him and moral law inside him? These questions are discussed by Davit Akelyan, a student of the Faculty of Philosophy at YSU, and Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan.
- Artsrun Pepanyan
- Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan
Today he will not present himself as a writer or a publicist but a simple searcher. What can a man who was once an atheist, then a Christian, then a pagan search today? What was insufficient in atheism for him that he became a Christian; what was wrong in Christianity that he became a pagan; and why didn't he feel secure in pagan garments either? Why, in his novel, was Giordano Bruno unable to say what he really wanted? And finally, which vision should unite Armenians around itself? Writer and publicist Artsrun Pepanyan and Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan discuss this topic.
Has has managed to stage two brilliant plays in his life. When he wants to cite himself before his students, he says, "Socrates said," while when he wants to cite Socrates, he says, "My granddad said." Why does he do so? Why does he think that theater has only the present and that the actor can sometimes have no gender? Why do all the people at the table, starting from him, say, "O God, forgive Hakobyan's all sins"? And, lastly, when is he going to write the book "Gospel according to My Grandmother"? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of stage director and actor Davit Hakobyan.
He has left only "yan" from his last name. Does this have any relation to ancient eastern yin and yang proto-beginnings? He has staged "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Caligula" and "Rhinoceros." What is the reason that in modern literature, even if a character is human, he or she must turn into a moth or a rhinoceros, or an entire animal farm? Why does he think that the creative type he belongs to is dying? The most obliging text that he has popularized by reading was the Lord's Prayer. Is there anything that is omitted in that prayer, according to him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of film director Vahe Yan.
He was one of those few boys who studied very well at school. As a result he graduated from three higher educational establishments. He didn't become a mathematician and specialist in international relations, but became a musician. Why? How did it happen that at the peak of his music career he found himself between life and death and came out of this situation with the motto "Believe and pray," understanding that he can't live without Love any more. You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of musician and composer Edgar Gyanjumyan.
He is one of those few who were admitted to the YSU Faculty of Theology choosing it as their first admission option. Does this mean his choice was conscious? Why could only Church Doctors be called theologians in the past, while today even atheists who study theology are called so? What rules did the Armenian Nomocanon have for the schismatics who wished to return to the Orthodox Church, and what are the modern methods of the contemporary sects to attract people into their ranks? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Garnik Harutyunyan, theologian, senior researcher at the Matenadaran.
Who was she before becoming Shahane? What did Yesenin change in her life? What does singing in the church give her and why won’t you see her singing outside the church? Theology is her profession, but only outside her home. How to differ the orthodox iconography from the non-orthodox one? Why are the school subject History of the Armenian Church and starting lessons with the Lord’s prayer necessary? You’ll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of theologian, singer at St. Gayane Church Gayane Harutyunyan.
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 Broutian.
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.