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The Search for Truth on the Path of Reason


Sretensky Monastery, Pokrov Press 2009

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The Search for Truth on the Path of Reason is a Christian-apologetics classic by Moscow Theological Academy’s Alexei I. Osipov—possibly the most widely known professor of theology in Russia today. In this comprehensive text, Osipov presents an overview of Western philosophy, discusses the roots of religion and atheism—making compelling arguments against atheism—and clearly delineates between all the various religious experiences, contrasting them with Orthodox experience and patristic teaching. This text examines the relationship between religion and science, carefully explores different forms of paganism and spiritual experience, and dives into a number of other related topics. Osipov argues that the Western philosophies and systems of thought have left such a deep impressions on our society that we can scarcely see beyond their influence. He continues to argue that the flip side of Western rationalism can be seen in the various forms of mysticism and paganism that continually reproduce themselves in different guises. Osipov’s The Search for Truth on the Path of Reason can help readers discern all of these trends, manifestations, and world views from an Orthodox patristic perspective.

This text includes a description of how Igumen Nikon (Vorobyev)—Osipov’s spiritual guide and instructor from an early age—came to a sure and direct knowledge of God after desperate years of fruitless searching through science, philosophy, and psychology. He finally found the truth in his native Orthodox Christian religion, then embarking upon the infinitely fulfilling study of the “science of sciences,” found in the unanimous experience of the fathers of the Orthodox Church.

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Key Features

  • Includes an overview of Western philosophy
  • Discusses the flip side of Western rationalism
  • Provides careful Christian apologetics from an Orthodox patristic perspective


  • Religion
  • The Existence of God
  • Religion and Human Activity
  • Revelation
  • Paganism
  • Old Testament Religion
  • Spiritual Life
  • The Origin of the World
  • Eschatology

Product Details

  • Title: The Search for Truth on the Path of Reason
  • Author: Alexei I. Osipov
  • Publisher: Pokrov Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 312

About Alexei I. Osipov

Alexei I. Osipov is a well-known Russian Orthodox theologian, professor, and lecturer. He has taught basic theology at Moscow Orthodox Theological Seminary for many years. Osipov studied theology under the guidance of Igumen Nikon (Vorobyov) for three years before entering his final year at Moscow Theological Seminary in 1958. He entered Moscow Theological Academy the following year, and finished in 1963. A Slavophile, he is a widely respected apologist of Eastern Christianity as based on teachings of Church Fathers, as well as a popular defender of Russian Orthodoxy.

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