as the Oldest
What are, on the other hand, the fruits of the God-Man society [the Church]?Saints, Martyrs, and Confessors. That is its goal, that is its meaning and design, that is the proof of its indestructible strength. Not books and libraries, systems and citiesall things that are here today and gone tomorrow. The various pseudo-Christian humanisms fill the world with books, while Orthodoxy fills it with the hallowed.
In the European
West, Christianity has gradually transformed into humanism. For a long
time and arduously, the God-Man diminished, and has been changed, narrowed,
and finally reduced to a man: to the infallible man in Rome and the
equally "infallible" man in London and Berlin. Thus did papism
come into being, taking everything from Christ, along with Protestantism,
which asks the least from Christ, and often nothing. Both in papism
and in Protestantism, man has been put in the place of the God-Man,
both as the highest value and as the highest criterion. A painful and
sad correction of the God-Man's work and
We should not do this ourselves. Papism indeed is the most radical Protestantism, because it has transferred the foundation of Christianity from the eternal God-Man to ephemeral man. And it has proclaimed this as the paramount dogma, which means: the paramount value, the paramount measure of all beings and things in the world. And the Protestants merely accepted this dogma in its essence, and worked it out in terrifying magnitude and detail. Essentially, Protestantism is nothing other than a generally applied papism. For in Protestantism, the fundamental principle of papism is brought to life by each man individually. After the example of the infallible man in Rome, each Protestant is a cloned infallible man, because he pretends to personal infallibility in matters of faith. It can be said: Protestantism is a vulgarized papism, only stripped of mystery (i.e., sacramentality), authority and power.
Through the reduction
of Christianity, with all its eternal God-Man qualities, to man, Western
Christianity has been turned into humanism. This may seem paradoxical,
but it is true in its irresistible and unerasable historical reality.
Because Western Christianity is, in its essence, the most decisive humanism;
and because it has proclaimed man as infallible, and has turned the
God-Man religion into a humanist religion. And that this is so is shown
by the fact that the God-Man has been driven to the heavens, while his
place on earth has been filled with his replacement, Vicarius Christithe
pope. What a tragic piece of illogic:
There is no doubt
that all these facts converge into one irresistibly logical conclusion:
in the West there is no Church and no God-Man, which is why there is
no true God-Man society in which men are mortal brothers and immortal
fellows. Humanistic Christianity is actually the most decisive protest
and uprising against the God-Man Christ and all the Evangelical, God-Man
values and norms. And even here is evident European mans favored
tendency, to reduce everything to man as the fundamental value and the
fundamental measure. And behind that stands one idol: Menschliches Allzumenschliches.
With the reduction of
In a broader historical
perspective, the Western dogma about mans infallibility is nothing
other than an attempt to revive and immortalize dying humanism. It is
the last transformation and final glorification of humanism. After the
rationalistic Enlightenment of the 18th century and the shortsighted
positivism of the 19th century, nothing else was left to European humanism
than to fall apart in its own impotence and contradictions. But in that
tragic moment, religious humanism came to its aid with its dogma about
the infallibility of man saved European humanism from imminent death.
And, although dogmatized, Western Christian humanism could not help
absorbing all the fatal contradictions of European humanism, which are
united in one single desire: to
According to our
own Orthodox feeling: Christianity is only Christianity through the
God-Man, through His God-Man ideology and God-Man methods. That is the
fundamental truth for the sake of which no compromises can be made.
Only as the God-Man is Christ the highest value and the highest measure.
One should be truthful and consistent to the end: if Christ is not the
God-Man, then he is the most impudent fraud, because he proclaimed himself
as God and the Lord. But the Evangelical historical reality irrefutably
shows and proves that Jesus Christ is in everything and in all things
the perfect God-Man. Therefore,
importance of Christianity for making lies in its life-giving and unchangeable
God-Manhood, by which it models
Any tendency or
attempt at a "gleischaltung" of Christianity with the spirit
of the times, with ephemeral movements and regimes of certain historical
periods, takes away from Christianity that specific worth which makes
it the singular God-Man religion in the world. In the Orthodox philosophy
of society, the rule above all rules is this: do not accommodate the
God-Man Christ to the spirit of the times, but rather accommodate the
spirit of the times to the spirit of Christs eternityChrists
God-Manhood. Only in this way can the Church preserve the life-giving
and irreplaceable personality of the God-Man Christ and remain a God-Man
society, in which people fraternize and live with the help of Divine
love and justice, prayer and fasting,
According to the God-Man philosophy of life and the world, man, society, nation, and state are to accommodate themselves to the Church as the eternal ideal, but the Church must never accommodate itself to themmuch less submit to them. A nation has true worth only inasmuch as it lives the Evangelical virtues and incarnates in its history the God-Man values. What applies to the nation, applies to the state as well. The goal of the nation as a whole is the same as the goal of the individual: to incarnate in one's self Evangelical justice, love, sanctity; to become a "holy people""Gods people"which in its history proclaims the Divine values and virtues (1 Peter 2:9-10; 1:15-16).
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They will ask us: where are the concrete fruits of this God-Man society? How was it that precisely on the field of Orthodoxys radiation came about the appearance of "the most radical secularism in human history?" (Joseph Piper) Does there not also exist an Eastern "Humanism" (for ex. Caesaro-papism, etc.)? The success of atheistic social humanism on the soil of Orthodoxy: is that not proof of the "inability of Orthodoxy" to solve the most elementary social problems?
It is a fact that
this world lies in evil and sin. The reduction of everything to man
is in fact the atmosphere in which sinful human
The Orthodox Church has proclaimed no poison, no sin, no humanism, no earthly social system as dogmaneither through Councils, nor through the "Body" of the Ecumenical Church. While the west, alas, does nothing but that. The latest proof: the Second Vatican Council.
The Orthodox Faith: in it, repentance is a necessary holy virtue; and it always calls for repentance. In the West: the pseudo-Christian faith in man does not call for repentance; on the contrary, it "clerically" obligates a maintaining of its fatal-to-man homo-idolization, its pseudo-Christian humanisms, infallibilities, heresies, and it pridefully considers that in no case are these things for which one should repent.
social humanismideologically and methodologicallyis in everything
a fruit and an invention of
But in the West? They neither know the Church, nor the path, nor the way out of the hopelessness; all is sunk in soul-losing idolatry, in love of pleasure, love of self, and love of lust. Hence in Europe we see the renaissance of polytheism. The "False Christs," false gods that have flooded Europe and are exported from it to all the marketplaces of the world, have for their main assignment the killing of the soul in manthat unique treasure of man in all the worlds, and in that way make impossible the very possibility of a genuine society.
In writing this, we are not writing the history of Europe, its virtues and faults, nor the history of the European pseudo-churches. We are merely laying out the entelechy of its ontology, descending into the pith of European intellectual pridefulness, into its demonic underground, where its black sources are, whose water threatens to poison the world. This is not a judgment of Europe but a heartfelt prayerful call to the solitary path of salvation, through repentance.