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Catholic Word of the Day: SOLOVYEVISM, 05-05-09 ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 05/05/2009 8:27:52 AM PDT by Salvation

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Doctrine of Church and State of Vladimir Solovyev (1853-1900), Russian Orthodox theologian who became a roman Catholic. He held that sound Christology is the basis of sound Church and State relations in society. The latter must steer a balanced middle course between two heretical extremes, Nestorianism and Monophysitism. A Nestorian approach would separate Church and State, even as it totally divides Christ into two persons, divine and human. A Monophysite approach would totally absorb State by the Church, even as it totally absorbed Christ's human nature in his divinity. The correct attitude is to keep Church and State truly distinct, but have the Church divinize society by her doctrine and sacraments, and have the State legislate in accordance with these principles and practices.

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This is a new word for me.

Any thoughts out there?

1 posted on 05/05/2009 8:27:52 AM PDT by Salvation
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2 posted on 05/05/2009 8:31:58 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Not a term I'll be using in daily life, due to the difficulty in pronouncing it :-).

The correct attitude is to keep Church and State truly distinct, but have the Church divinize society by her doctrine and sacraments, and have the State legislate in accordance with these principles and practices.

I find this perfectly reasonable, especially if the state is responding to the public's will expressed in their votes. If I understand correctly, this is something on the order of what Protestants call "Reconstructionism," and it's met with the usual howls about "theocracy" and "Taliban" from the usual howlers.

3 posted on 05/05/2009 8:34:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stay out of Mexico. Wash your hands. Keep your pigs outdoors.)
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To: Salvation

Je suis solovyeviste...

4 posted on 05/05/2009 8:35:10 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Salvation

A Prophetic Teaching

At the time of the great Russian philosopher, the general view - in keeping with the limitless optimism of the belle époque - foresaw a bright future for humanity in the new century: under the direction and inspiration of the new religion of progress and solidarity stripped of transcendent elements, humanity would enjoy an era of prosperity, peace, justice, security. In the "Excelsior" - a form of dance which enjoyed an extraordinary success in the last years of the 19th century (and which later lent its name to countless theaters and hotels) - this new religion found its own liturgy, as it were. Victor Hugo proclaimed: "This century was great; the one coming will be happy."

But Soloviev refused to allow himself to be swept up in this de-sacralized vision. On the contrary, he predicted with prophetic clarity all of the disasters which in fact occurred.

As early as 1882, in his Second Discourse on Dostoevsky, Soloviev foresaw - and condemned - the sterility and cruelty of the collectivist tyranny which a few years later would oppress Russia and mankind. "The world must not be saved by recourse to force," Soloviev said. "One could imagine men toiling together toward some great end to which they would submit all of their own individual activity; but if this end is imposed on them, if it represents for them something fated and oppressive... then, even if this unity were to embrace all of mankind, universal brotherhood would not be the result, but only a giant anthill." This "anthill" was later constructed through the obtuse and cruel ideology of Lenin and Stalin.

In his final work, The Three Dialogues and the Story of the Antichrist (finished on Easter Sunday 1900), one is struck by how clearly Soloviev foresaw that the 20th century would be "the epoch of great wars, civil strife and revolutions." All this, he said, would prepare the way for the disappearance of "the old structure of separate nations" and "almost everywhere the remains of the ancient monarchical institutions would disappear." This would pave the way for a "United States of Europe."

The accuracy of Soloviev¹s vision of the great crisis that would strike Christianity at the end of the 20th century is astonishing. He represents this crisis using the figure of the Antichrist. This fascinating personage will succeed in influencing and persuading almost everyone. It is not difficult to see in this figure of Soloviev the reflection, almost the incarnation, of the confused and ambiguous religiosity of our time.

The Antichrist will be a "convinced spiritualist," Soloviev says, an admirable philanthropist, a committed, active pacifist, a practicing vegetarian, a determined defender of animal rights. He will not be hostile "in principle" to Christ. Indeed, he will appreciate Christ's teaching. But he will reject the teaching that Christ is unique, and will deny that Christ is risen and alive today.

One sees here described a Christianity of "values," of "openings," of "dialogue," a Christianity where it seems there is little room left for the person of the Son of God crucified for us and risen, little room for the actual event of salvation. A scenario, I think, that should cause us to reflect...

A scenario in which the faith militant is reduced to humanitarian and generically cultural action, the Gospel message is located in an irenic encounter with all philosophies and all religions and the Church of God is transformed into an organization for social work. Are we sure Soloviev did not foresee what has actually come to pass? Are we sure it is not precisely this that is the most perilous threat today facing the "holy nation" redeemed by the blood of Christ - the Church? It is a disturbing question and one we must not avoid.

From SOLOVIEV AND OUR TIME by Giacomo Cardinal Biffi

The entire Soloviev Home Page is worth perusing.

5 posted on 05/05/2009 9:23:14 AM PDT by annalex (
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Great finds. Thank you!

6 posted on 05/05/2009 9:47:01 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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