“A thousand years is like one Night.” Karol Wojtyła’s Refl ections on Man and the Story of Man, on the Occasion of the Millennium of the Baptism of Poland Cover Image
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„Tysiąc lat jest jak jedna Noc”. Rozważania Karola Wojtyły o człowieku i jego dziejach z okazji tysiąclecia chrztu Polski
“A thousand years is like one Night.” Karol Wojtyła’s Refl ections on Man and the Story of Man, on the Occasion of the Millennium of the Baptism of Poland

Author(s): Mirosława Ołdakowska-Kuflowa
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, History of Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Instytut Jana Pawła II, Wydział Filozofii
Keywords: Karol Wojtyła; poetic meditation; baptism of Poland; anthropology; philosophy of history

Summary/Abstract: In 1966, Karol Wojtyła, the then Archbishop of Cracow, inspired by the Millennium of the Baptism of Poland, wrote a poem entitled Easter Vigil 1966. The poem evokes the profi le of Prince Mieszko I, the Polish ruler who took the decision to accept the Christian baptism. The poem comprises a philosophical and religious meditation making use of poetic language and employing the stylistic means characteristic of poetry. The objective of the meditation is to show the beginning, the meaningfulness, and the goal of the humanity, and to do so based in a specifi c vision of man. The anthropology put forward by the author has Christian roots and manifests marks of a polemic with the materialistic view of the world, the outlook offi cially accepted in Poland in the communist times. In his philosophy of history, Wojtyła clearly refuted the official Marxist doctrine. Today, the problems he addresses in his poem, as well as the ideas and arguments he incorporates, assume a new relevance in the face of the new intellectual fashion for the so-called new humanities, also called performative humanities or non-anthropocentric humanities, which spring from the Marxist tradition and are rooted in historicism.

  • Issue Year: 29/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 139-160
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish