Between the Icon and the Idol
The Human Person and the Modern State in Russian Literature and Thought—Chaadayev, Soloviev, Grossman
Translated by Matthew Philipp Whelan
Foreword by William T. Cavanaugh
Imprint: Cascade Books
192 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.38 in
- Published: November 2013
$26.00 / £21.00 / AU$36.00Buy
- Published: November 2013
$26.00 / £22.99 / AU$37.99Buy
Artur Mrowczynski-Van Allen is director of the Slavic Department at the International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient in Granada, Spain. He is Currently Professor at the Instituto de Filosofia "Edith Stein" and the Instituto de Teologia "Lumen Gentium" (Granada), where he teaches Philosophy of History and Political Philosophy. He is also member of the Scientific Council of the Centro Studi "Vita e Destino, Vasily Grossman" (Turin), and Consultant of Episcopal Commission for Interconfessional Relations of the Episcopal Conference of Spain (Madrid). . He is coeditor of La Idea Rusa: Entre el anticristo y la Iglesia: Una antologia introductoria (2008).
"Mrowczynski-Van Allen argues that the revolutionary socialists and the national socialists were both heirs of the liberals whose primary project was to offer the world a humanism without God. . . . The author recommends a Christocentric reading of history and a Christocentric reading of the human person as an icon of Trinitarian love and creative generosity."
--Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family
"In a wide-ranging work that takes intelligent account of figures ranging from Marx to Dostoevsky, from Schmitt to Solovyov, and from Voegelin to Grossman, Mrowczynski-Van Allen offers a remarkable rereading of the theological construction of the modern state and how it is the case that only a non-dualist Christian theology can counter the insane oscillation of the modern state between liberalism and totalitarianism."
--John Milbank, Centre of Theology and Philosophy
"The author's profound Christian convictions, as well as his love and knowledge of Russian culture, serve as a guide through a fascinating and complex philosophical task at the intersection of literature and theology. . . . Through this work the author shows us that we have a choice: to bow to the idol of the modern state or to live in the exercise of our own nature of the image of love."
--Konstantin Antonov, St. Tikhon's Orthodox University
"This book is ecclesial practice in the face of the inhumanity of secular totalitarianism, one that dares to offer the world a lesson in how to learn again to 'breathe with two lungs.' I hope this book will do more than spark a new debate. I hope it will help provoke a new practice for a church too 'domesticated' by liberal categories, a church that needs to free herself from this bondage and learn anew the joy and glorious freedom of being the church."
--Mons. Francisco Javier Martinez Fernandez, Archbishop of Granada, Spain