Father Arseny: Fact or Fiction?

February 4, 2010 at 12:28 (Books, Orthodox Christianity, Religion)

I read here a discussion on whether or not Father Arseny was a real person.

The book can be found here, and if you do not have it then click through and get it. You won’t be sorry:

Father Arseny, 1893-1973: Priest, Prisoner, Spiritual Father : Being the Narratives Compiled by the Servant of God Alexander Concerning His Spiritual Father

Does it matter if it was a real person? It would be awesome if it was, and I personally have no problems believing that such a person could exist, aside from a bit of pessimism nowadays regarding humanity in general. If he was real, or if he wasn’t for that matter, then he is still an inspiration, and the book is still a teaching tool. How much proof do we have for any of the Saints? I say leave it be. If we can find more evidence that he was real then great. If not, then there are a couple of other possibilities.

One, just as God sent angels to assist Tobit and his family, perhaps Father Arseny was an angel among us. Did Abraham have proof of his three visitors? The other is that in general Christianity requires faith. Perhaps God sees no need to supply us with a load of positivist evidence to convince us of what should be as plain as day.

Just a thought.

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