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Orthodox theology and politics
Orthodox theology and politics

Author(s): Răzvan Ionescu
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă Alba Iulia
Keywords: eternal Kingdom; Holy Tradition; history of salvation; sacred history; profane history

Summary/Abstract: The constant reference to the biblical truth of our Savior's teachings, to the Holy Tradition, to the spiritual dimension of the patristical teachings, has always the gift of refreshing and confessedly illuminating the paradoxical perspective on the eternal Kingdom which, even though “not of this world” (John 18:36), “is within you” (Luke 17:21). Indeed, as compared to the history of the world, the history of salvation represents a paradoxical path. Although it is narrow, it is opened toward the universal. Although fragile, it hides within itself a maximum concentration. As much as it is reduced as volume and deeds, it may interpret and save the history of mankind. The latter unfolds “outside” the history of salvation, but, at the same time, gradually, it is influenced and penetrated by it. The safe and sound Christianity can accept neither a tradition without history, nor a history without tradition. The relation between the sacred history and the profane one remains, if not one of trenchant opposition, then certainly a tense one. A tension whose sense and meaning must be deciphered in order for us to avoid mistakes. And the greatest error of profane history remains that of imagining that, during its existence, it may bring the Kingdom of God on earth.

  • Issue Year: XVIII/2013
  • Issue No: Suppl_2
  • Page Range: 87-102
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English