A Summary of Christian Divinity, by His Eminence Plato II, Metropolitan of Moscow, provides a comprehensive overview of Eastern Orthodox doctrine. Originally written at the Russian court in 1765 for the heir apparent, Paul Petrovitch—son of Empress Catherine the Great and Plato II’s pupil for several years—A Summary of Christian Divinity is significant for both its comprehensive content and for providing a historical window into the development of Orthodox thought. Scholars note the influence of Western thought in this work, as well as the treatment of certain Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed doctrines.
Plato II won the admiration of intellectuals such as Voltaire during his time at the Russian court, and served as the religious instructor for several Russian leaders. However, despite his close relationship with the court, Plato II kept his intellectual independence, supervising the seminary instruction of succeeding archbishops, writing prolifically, and paving the way for the Russian Bible Society, which published an important Russian translation of the Bible in 1876. His A Summary of Christian Divinity is presented in English in this volume, translated by Robert Pinkerton, along with an introductory text on the ecclesiastical establishment in Russia and an appendix on Russian dissenters, also by Pinkerton.
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- Offers a comprehensive summary of Orthodox Christian doctrine
- Includes a preliminary memoir on the ecclesiastical establishment in Russia, by Robert Pinkerton
- Provides an appendix on the different sects of Russian dissenters and their origin
- Preliminary Memoir
- Part I—Of the Knowledge of God as Derived From Nature, Being Subservient to the Belief of the Gospel
- Part II—Of the Faith of the Gospel
- Part III—Of the Law of God
- Appendix, Containing an Account of the Origin and Different Sects of Dissenters Russia
- Title: A Summary of Christian Divinity
- Authors: Plato II of Moscow and Robert Pinkerton
- Translator: Robert Pinkerton
- Publisher: Oliphant, Waugh, & Innes
- Publication Date: 1814
- Pages: 368
About the Author
Plato II of Moscow was born in 1737 in Chashnikovo, near Moscow, as Peter Levshin. He was educated at the seminary and theological academy in Moscow, where he went on to teach Greek and rhetoric. He next taught at the monastery of the Holy Trinity near Moscow, where he became a monk, taking the name Plato. He became rector of the seminary of the monastery, and in 1762 was called to the Russian court to be the religious instructor for Paul Petrovitch, the heir apparent, son of Catherine the Great. Plato II was made bishop of Tver in 1770, then archbishop of Moscow. In 1787, he became metropolitan of Moscow, remaining in this role until his death in 1812.