A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Milos Rastovic

Milos Rastovic was born in Sombor, Serbia where he finished elementary and Gymnasium. His father, Ilija Rastovic, was a Professor in Gymnasium high school and poet who published eight books of poetry. Zivka Rastovic, his mother, worked in the insurance business. Rastovic earned a Bachelor Degree at the University of Belgrade, Department of Philosophy, with a work: “Eternal Recurrence of the Same in Nietzsche’s Philosophy.” After graduation, he was a Professor of Philosophy for eight years in high schools in Sombor. While teaching, he created thefirst philosophy website of its kind in Serbia to make philosophy more interesting and approachable for students. He earned his Masters Degree in Philosophy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. He is a member of many professional societies in philosophy and political sciences and Slavic studies. He has presented papers at numerousacademic conferences and publishedarticles and reviews of books in the United States, Canada, and many European countries.

He currently works as the Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Serb National Federation in Pittsburgh, PA--the oldest Serbian Fraternal Benefit Society in the United States since 1901. During his work at the Serb National Federation, he studied Serbian tradition, history, and culture as well as organizing a Serbian Movie Festival at the University of Pittsburgh. He has presented many books including the "Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija" and given interviews to National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America, National Television of Serbia, etc.

Through his merit, Novak Djokovic, World Tennis Champion from Serbia, and Emir Kusturica, famed movie director, became honorary members of the Serb National Federation in 2015 and 2016. He is a regular contributing author of the American Srbobran, the oldest continuously published Serbian newspaper in the world since 1906. He was the screenwriter for the documentary film “Tesla’s People” about history of Serbs in the United States. As a Cultural Outreach Coordinator, he has lectured throughout the United States about the history of Serbs in America.

He is a Board Member of the Tesla Science Foundation in Philadelphia and promotes Tesla’s nameamong many events and people as well as worked for the event “200 Years of Serbs in the United States.”

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Bishop Danilo (Krstić)

Born on May 13, 1927 in Novi Sad, Danilo studied law in Belgrade, and graduated from Sorbonne in literature in 1952. From 1954 to 1958 he studied theology at the Saint Sergius’ Academy in Paris. While studying in Paris, he became acquainted with Bishop John of Shanghai, and he underwent a spiritual renewal. His doctoral thesis On Divine Philanthropy: From Plato to John Chrysostom, he completed under Fr George Florovsky at Harvard in 1968 (under the title: St. John Chrysostom as the Theologian of Divine Philanthropy; reprinted in Theologia, Athens, 1983).

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Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.