This is a radio discussion program embracing a large variety of topics. It focuses on the problems of Christian perception of the world, such as the laws of spiritual life, the mysteries and regularities of creation, the rites and messages of the Christian Church, and the Christian understanding of historic development and human thought. The program participants are seeking to find answers to the so-called “eternal” questions that have been posed by great thinkers of the mankind. At the same time, they try to understand those who haven’t seen the light of Christianity throughout their quest for the meaning of life.
He is one of those Russia-based Armenians who finally moved to live in Yerevan together with their families this year. What is the connection between this event and the last change of power in Armenia? Living in a foreign country for about 20 years, how could he preserve his Armenian "species" and not be separated from his "homeland" umbilical cord? Why was his father, who carved icons and kissed the cross in the Soviet years, ridiculed and how did his father's faith in God pass down to his son? Why does he compare attending church and receiving the Holy Communion to baby's feeding on breast milk and why doesn't he understand those who justify themselves for not attending church? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Armen Sahakyan.
He was 12 years old when he lost his mother. Maybe he tries to return the bouquet of lost smiles when he considers smile to be the most important thing in life? Isn't it difficult for him to be the only male teacher of Armenian language and literature in school? When he is angry with a student, why does he put his hand into his pocket and what does he take out as punishment? Why does he think that the NSS should seriously deal with the test questionnaire on the Armenian language and literature? What is spiritual Armenia for him, and what role does he ascribe there to God and the Church? You’ll get the answers to the questions in the portrait of the young teacher Armen Vardanyan.
What is the relation of the birth of Vahagn announced in his Facebook page to the "Birth of Vahagn" by Khorenatsi? What is fatherhood for him as a Christian? Does he as an economist think the Bible is also a business manual? To what life circumstances and humans does he owe his formed Christian world view and why is he convinced that we as a nation need a second conversion? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of economist Edgar Aghabekyan.
When in the 6th grade he dreamed of becoming a priest, he was sure that Kevorkian Seminary was closed two centuries ago. Why did he hide that he wasn't baptized when he was entering the Seminary, and what did the Seminary change in his life? Has he managed to become a hunter of people during his army and prison services? How to preach, from the smallest church in Yerevan to the Great Britain diocese, the same Christ and Christianity, which is becoming more and more persecuted each day? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan.
A flag with his poem is still waving in Rotterdam. Was it for political or purely literary reasons that his book, kept under lock and key in his own homeland, was recognized as the best book of the year in that cradle of democracy? How does he turn social and political life into poetry? Why does he think that the human being is a state? Why does he think that "Narek" is the apocryphal gospel of the Armenians? What changed in his life when he returned from the other world with the name "Jesus Christ" on his lips? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of poet, translator, literary critic Vahe Arsen.
There weren't doctors in his family and he never dreamed of becoming a doctor when he was a child. What is the ideal relationship between a doctor and a patient? How to treat a patient if he or she is not the first patient you have met, but you are the first doctor he or she has met in their life? For many years, his work has been connected with the human heart. What has he managed to learn about the human being and human heart? Has he ever had in his life, as a doctor, questions to God? What can faith give a person? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of cardiologist Aramayis Nazaryan.
His birth in Etchmiadzin had been predetermined before his birth. How did he manage to enter Gevorkian Seminary without exams? How did the rifles left over from the Great Patriotic War shoot during the Karabakh war? When and how did he meet with Narekatsi, and why does he consider "Narek" a book "three in one"? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Samvel Hovhannisyan, head of St. Grigor Narekatsi NGO.
Did his parents send him to a Russian school during Soviet years with a career perspective? Was the work of a diplomat during the Cold War in the heart of the Soviet country, Moscow, a heavy cross for him? Why did the leaders of the national awakening of 1988 fail the exam when they came to power? Will those who came to power today pass the exam? Why do humans search for God in an emergency situation, and what emergency happened in his life that he found God? What does it mean to be a spiritual person? Is it possible to be a non-Christian but a spiritual person? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of business consultant Martiros Minasyan.
Didn't the fact that her father was called the Armenian Levitan predetermine her entrance into radio? Was it because of her Russian education that the Inspection on Language once specially took an interest in her? What were her live broadcasts like, and what extraordinary events were they rich with? What changed in her life after her brother obtained the Bible for the first time? How long was the way from candle burning to conscious faith, and how did she pass it? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of radiojournalist Karine Halajyan.
How did the two-and-a-half-year-old toddler become an actor at the Opera Theater? Why does Puccini's music sound as a lullaby for him? Is it worth to cure him from his illness of always trying to stage something and create something new? Why does he think that the only revolution is the changing of oneself while the caricature art is a preventive therapy and surgical operation? Why doesn't he fear death after returning from the other life twice? What unaccomplished works did he have, according to him, that God returned him to the Earth? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of caricaturist Sukias Torosyan.
Why did the change of the social system cost him the change of his profession? How did the future philosopher overcome scholarly atheism and communism in a Soviet university? How did he find himself in the field of faith and worship, and how does he, as a specialist in the hospitality sphere, imagine the ways to show the first Christian country to the world? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Artur Voskanyan, an expert on hospitality.
How has he managed to enter the homes of thousands of children every day for years? Why weren't the eight miracles of the world enough for him that he created the ninth miracle? If a child goes to school happily, what hidden danger can be in this? How did he find God with his microscope of a mathematician and writer, and what vessel is he under the hand of the Great Potter? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of writer and author of textbooks Vachagan Sargsyan.
When he was young, his world of words yielded to silence. What attracted the former pantomime actor in noisy and large solemn theatrical ceremonies in his mature age when he himself became the commander of the "troops parade"? Why does he consider being an Armenian is the highest state of a human being? How did Christianity and Christ appear to him, who lived in the Soviet underground, under the true light? Will the director of large "ceremonies" also become a regular participant of the supreme ceremony one day? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of director of solemn theatrical ceremonies, pantomime actor Levon Ivanyan.
Can light be alien? Why does his literary character consider himself a servant of God or a wanderer who searches for the house of his soul? Why is literature a spiritual activity for him and the writer, if he or she aspires spiritual progress, a saved writer? Why are women in his novel horrible creatures? What is the true good and why do people, bypassing the living God, create their own gods who can never satisfy people? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of young writer Artur Mikoyan.
How did the Little Prince become the first big text in his life and compelled him to be reckoned with it? What remained from that text for him that became a world view? How did it happen that the church altar became the first theatrical stage in his life? Maybe that was the reason that he wasn't able to be integrated in the church in the real sense of that word? Why was "Crime and Punishment" the most influential book for him? How to explain the intellect, seriousness and dramatic vibe that can be felt in his voice? What does intellectual actor mean? Why is the "conflict of fathers and sons" one of his favorite topics? What homeland would he want to pass down to his children? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of actor Babken Chobanyan.
- Davit Akelyan
- Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan
How is faith defined in philosophy and Christianity, and what is the difference between those definitions? Why did writer, philosopher Albert Camus consider humans religious creatures? What and who is honorable for a human being to believe in? Is the religious faith the only reliable and real demonstration of faith? What is "scientific faith"? Why was philosopher Kant, who would be surprised seldom, surprised by two things: the starlit sky above him and moral law inside him? These questions are discussed by Davit Akelyan, a student of the Faculty of Philosophy at YSU, and Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan.
- Artsrun Pepanyan
- Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan
Today he will not present himself as a writer or a publicist but a simple searcher. What can a man who was once an atheist, then a Christian, then a pagan search today? What was insufficient in atheism for him that he became a Christian; what was wrong in Christianity that he became a pagan; and why didn't he feel secure in pagan garments either? Why, in his novel, was Giordano Bruno unable to say what he really wanted? And finally, which vision should unite Armenians around itself? Writer and publicist Artsrun Pepanyan and Fr. Nshan Alaverdyan discuss this topic.
Has has managed to stage two brilliant plays in his life. When he wants to cite himself before his students, he says, "Socrates said," while when he wants to cite Socrates, he says, "My granddad said." Why does he do so? Why does he think that theater has only the present and that the actor can sometimes have no gender? Why do all the people at the table, starting from him, say, "O God, forgive Hakobyan's all sins"? And, lastly, when is he going to write the book "Gospel according to My Grandmother"? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of stage director and actor Davit Hakobyan.
He has left only "yan" from his last name. Does this have any relation to ancient eastern yin and yang proto-beginnings? He has staged "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Caligula" and "Rhinoceros." What is the reason that in modern literature, even if a character is human, he or she must turn into a moth or a rhinoceros, or an entire animal farm? Why does he think that the creative type he belongs to is dying? The most obliging text that he has popularized by reading was the Lord's Prayer. Is there anything that is omitted in that prayer, according to him? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of film director Vahe Yan.
He was one of those few boys who studied very well at school. As a result he graduated from three higher educational establishments. He didn't become a mathematician and specialist in international relations, but became a musician. Why? How did it happen that at the peak of his music career he found himself between life and death and came out of this situation with the motto "Believe and pray," understanding that he can't live without Love any more. You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of musician and composer Edgar Gyanjumyan.
He is one of those few who were admitted to the YSU Faculty of Theology choosing it as their first admission option. Does this mean his choice was conscious? Why could only Church Doctors be called theologians in the past, while today even atheists who study theology are called so? What rules did the Armenian Nomocanon have for the schismatics who wished to return to the Orthodox Church, and what are the modern methods of the contemporary sects to attract people into their ranks? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Garnik Harutyunyan, theologian, senior researcher at the Matenadaran.
Who was she before becoming Shahane? What did Yesenin change in her life? What does singing in the church give her and why won’t you see her singing outside the church? Theology is her profession, but only outside her home. How to differ the orthodox iconography from the non-orthodox one? Why are the school subject History of the Armenian Church and starting lessons with the Lord’s prayer necessary? You’ll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of theologian, singer at St. Gayane Church Gayane Harutyunyan.
Why has he named himself Zaven Haji Voskanyan in his Facebook account? How did the youngster that hadn't had any connection with the Church find himself in the Theological School of Jerusalem? Who dissuaded him from taking celibacy? Isn't it difficult for him to have a theologian woman in his family? Why does he consider that the existence of clergies who are scholars is important? Why doesn't he like to overload God with redundant issues? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Deacon Zaven Voskanyan, an acolyte at St. Hovhannes Church in Yerevan.
He is called by his friends a "reader with a bishop's engine." Why does he persevere in the rank of reader and why doesn't he want to climb the Church hierarchy? How did the sectant's camp and St. Mariane Church fit in his childhood yard? Was that his attachment to rites that took him to Jerusalem? What was the reader with the outer and inner form of a monk doing in the Monastery of Tathev for years and what is he doing now in Amberd? You'll get the answers to these questions in the portrait of Reader Khachik Vardanyan, spiritual supervisor of Amberd.