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«Не согрешишь — не покаешься»: о парадоксах спасения души на Руси и в Византии

“If you don't sin - you cannot repent”:   concerning paradoxes of salvation in Rus’ and Byzantium   Viktor Zhivov developed the idea that there existed in Orthodox Christian culture a   perception of Salvation as a result of pure chance, luck or a trick. The extreme example   of such attitude is the following paradox: “If you don't sin - you cannot repent, if you do   not repent - you are not saved, consequently, if you do not sin, you cannot be saved”. Al- though such sophistry is a Russian invention, we can trace among Byzantine “spiritually   beneficial tales” some vivid illustrations thereof.