“Protected by the State”

Euthanasia: Between the Philosophy of Life and Death

Legal evaluation of euthanasia is closely linked to the specifics of medical, moral ethical, philosophical and religious views.  In certain countries it is criminal offense, while it is legally allowed in other countries.  Euthanasia is legally prohibited in Armenia. What ethical issues does it cause globally, and does the Christian standing help overcome these issues? The topic is discussed by the Head of the Armenian Unit of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Very Rev. Father Zakara Baghumian from the Mother See. 

The Clergy and Opressed Protest

Armenia and Neighbors: Armenia-Turkey

Constitutional changes took place both in Armenia and Turkey: Turkey shifted to presidential administration, and Armenia – to parliamentary. What new realities might be brough about by these changes in terms of relations of two countries and what new challenges might arise? The topic is discussed by Bagrat Estukian, Armenian Language Editor of the Istanbul-based “Agos” newspaper and Anush Hovhannisyan, expert in Turkish studies and political analyst Anush Hovhannisyan. 

Identity Disruptions as a Result of Genocide

Many Armenians who survived the Genocide declined their identity in order to get rid of inferiority and integrate in new environment with more ease. According to specialists, identity disruptions such as these are considered to be one of the consequences of genocide. What behavioral consequences did identity disruptions lead to, and what can become the basis for revaluation and enhancement of Armenian identity? The topic is discussed by philosopher Silva Petrosyan and ethnographist Harutyun Marutyan

The Church and Social Role of Woman

How is the issue of equal gender rights expressed in theology, in church and public life? How can self-discrimination hinder the realization of equal rights of men and women? The issue is discussed by Bishop Gevorg Saroyan and Director of German High Schools Armenia Branch Lusine Kharatyan.


Feast of St. Sarkis: the Gap between the Form and Content

The events dedicated to the Feast of St. Sarkis tend to make the feast as appealing as possible. However, oftentimes the rendering of the feast sacrament is packaged in such a way as to make it fully unidentifiable. And no matter how intense the striving is, the form often doesn’t get to the point of turning into a content. The topic is discussed by Father Yesayi Artenian and ethnographer Ruzanna Tsaturyan. 

National Identity in the World of Globalization

Why is the world in the process of globalization concered with the issues of national identity? What will be the outcome of a politics that emphasized the importance of national identity? How can various elements of identity serve to build national authority? Vahagn Vardanyan, expert in international studies and psychologist Hrachya Hovhannisyan discuss social-psychological issues of national identity. 

Life on the Border

Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of Tavush Diocese and the Head of Chinari village Samvel Saghoyan talk about the specifics of spiritual care of borderland villages, about bolstering economic, social and cultural activities of communities. 

Armenia and Neighbors: In Search for Peace

Religious, cultural and civilizational diversity is the wealth of humankind, which helps peoples to mutually enrich each other and develop. Peace is a precondition for sustainable development. Metropolitan Nikoloz Pachuashvili, Ali Mohammad Shajaan, and Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan discuss peace as a fundamental value in the family education system. 

Questions on Moral Ethics

Violence exercised against physicians, cases of mortality as a result of inappropriate fulfillment of professional duties of doctors, unhealthy doctor-patient relations. How are the cases of violating medical ethics evaluated? Are norms of medical ethics sufficient for regulation of doctor-patient relations? The topic is discussed by the expert of bio-ethics Hayarpi Sahakyan and Father Smbat Sargsyan. 

Halloween or Barekendan?

As per the specialists, celebration of foreign holidays has to do with the communication to the values of a more civilized world. Halloween which penetrated to non-English speaking countries from English-speaking countries, has now settled in Armenia. There are different events arranged in the streets and entertainment spots of the city on this day. Why is it in this Celtic feast that attracts Armenian youth and do we have a similar feast in our culture? The topic is discussed by ethnographer Ruzanna Tsaturyan and Father Dajad Davidian.