Serbian Nation – The Origin and Ethos of Serbian Nationalism Cover Image

Српска нација – порекло и етос српског национализма
Serbian Nation – The Origin and Ethos of Serbian Nationalism

Author(s): Đuro Bodrožić
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Politics and religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Canon Law / Church Law, Politics and Identity
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: religion; nation; Orthodoxy; Roman-Catholicism; Serbian Orthodox Church; Saint Sava;

Summary/Abstract: Each and every nation, in order to survive and be preserved as an entity, ought to have a spiritual “buckle” keeping them together. Such “buckle” Serbian people have found in their national church that had been established by Saint Sava under the order of the Constantinople Patriarchy and in accord with the canon laws of the Orthodox Church. In this way the basis for the emergence of one autochthonous national culture had been created, the culture that could not exist without national language being used in the church. By establishment of the Autonomous Serbian Church Saint Sava became the founder of Serbian nation. The thing keeping the people together and in moral unity has not been their common origin, but their common faith. When the faith had been divided, there came the division of the peoples, too, and they never came back together after that. Saint Sava, together with his father, had determined historical destiny of his nation when he opted to choose the Byzantine Orthodoxy that has not contributed to denationalization, among its other traits.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 325-335
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Serbian