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Author QuotedNikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev
Title Quotedsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas Fumet
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/04/28
Imprint[Bruxelles?] : Desclee de Brouwer. 1955
QuotationYet one of Berdyaev's greatest mistakes is to reject the Gospel as incomplete and patristic theology as sterile. In wanting to free himself from limitations he fell into narrower limits. It is not a question of trying to find in the Gospel something that is not there. (Le sens de la creation pp. 127ff.) If he had followed St. Maximus the Confessor he would have found indeed that what he sought was in the Gospel-the "Absolut" Christ in whom all is reintegrated. This is the Christ of St. John-and of St. Paul's Epistles, especially those of the Captivity... If Berdyaev had looked more closely at the N.T. he would have seen that the New Law is precisely such a liberation. Christ having risen, death [is] no more.
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. 86
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