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Author QuotedVladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov
Title QuotedGodmanhood as the main idea of the philosophy of Vladimir Solovyev / Vladimir Sergeyevich Solovyov ; ed. by Peter P. Zouboff. Chteniia o Bogocheloviechestvie
Date (Year/Month/Day)1956/08/07
Imprint[Poughkeepsie. NY] : [Harmon], [1944]
QuotationSoloviev-The strength of a falsehood insists on the importance of a corresponding truth. "The importance of a truth lies of course not in the truth itself but within us in our inconsistency by not carrying out a truth to the end, we limit it-and any limitation of a truth provides an expanse for falsehood." ...He says, in effect, that consistency in truth means striving with pure and perfect hope to realize our "positive unconditionality" that is that we can possess in God the "whole content, the fulness of being, not as a mere fantasy-but as a real actuality." Also it is on this "inconsistency" that he bases his accusation of inadequacy of Catholicism-"it does not carry its faith to its logical end." He adds that modern materialism, struggling to overcome the Catholic tradition (and in this struggle according to him it will be successful) is a transition period between the inadequate spirituality of the past and the new, more perfect, spirituality of the future-"Godmanhood."
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 63
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