The Ministry of justice signed a decree on the recognition of degrees in theology

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polynicotinate in fotomancer of education and science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva. Archival photo.The Ministry of justice signed a decree on the recognition of degrees in theology© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polynicotinate the image Bank

The Ministry of justice signed a decree on the recognition of academic degrees in theology, said Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva on the first all-Russian scientific conference «Theology in the educational space.»

«Today finally justice has signed an order to that theology — not as a theology with a degree in history, philosophy or Philology, but as a theology candidate and doctor has a right to be,» — said Vasilyev.

She also said that the day «truly historic.»

«Today we can award a degree in theology, which for so long dreamed of,» she added.

The first Russian dissertation on the theology have defended in Moscow, the author — Archpriest Paul Hondzinsky. Theology recognized as an academic discipline by the Higher attestation Commission (HAC) in 2015. In 2016, made possible the protection of works on the subject, when was the dissertation and expert advice. Prior to his appointment to the post of Minister Vasileva was in the dissertation.

Initially it was assumed that Hondzinsky will be a PhD in related disciplines of history and philosophy. However, before you can start protecting the Vice-Chairman of the WAC Nikolai Aristov, reported that the WAC approved the scientific field of «Theology». So Hondzinsky will be the candidate of theological Sciences, that was the first time in the history of Russia.

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