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Unde e fratele tău Abel?
Where is Abel, thy brother?

Author(s): Răzvan Ionescu
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Renaşterea Cluj
Keywords: totalitarian society, theology-culture

Summary/Abstract: For the third millenium intelectual, to accede a universe open to the divine transcendence, it is necessary to revisit such couples as cult-culture, religion-culture, theology-philosophy and, last but not least, theology-culture. A reconciliation between culture and theology based on the acceptance of the real presence of God in the creation as opposed to his deist isolation in transcendence would be similar to a reconciliation between spouses, that would reload the bodily harmony of the couple following the Pauline model once offered to the Ephesians: “For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the Church” (Ephesians 5:23). At the end of the most bloody century in the history, the intelligence of the third millenium should refl ect on the social, moral and spiritual benefi ts of a world where Ecclesia and Culture, Artist and Priest would join their forces not necessarily to legitimate the prediction of Malraux, even less to have a nostalgic Hamletian attitude in the memory of the Byzantine symphony, but, mostly, making an effort of reconsidering a world closer to God, at least having in mind the unfortunate events of the last century when the man, craving to become a god, ended up as a dictator in a totalitarian society. The normal relations between faith and culture would offer another chance to the mentality of the lonely individual of the last century to reach the prospective otherness of the individual in the new century.

  • Issue Year: II/2008
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 82-91
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Romanian