The most important religious figure in the history of the Russian Church of the nineteenth century remains the great Metropolitan of Moscow, St. Filaret (Drozdov). He has gone down in history as a great hierarch and statesman, a true and unsurpassed theologian (he became the first doctor of theology in Russia), a zealous pastor and needy. In addressing the problems, he proposed solutions that were so thorough that it was virtually impossible to ignore them. The importance of Metropolitan Filaret for the Russian Orthodox Church can hardly be assessed at its fair value.
A talented preacher and teacher, a model leader and a personality through whom the Synodal translation of the Bible into Russian saw the light of day,...
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