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Florensky's Critique of Khomiakov's Liturgical 'Protestantism'

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#1 Ken McRae

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:25 PM

From Florensky's Essay 'Around Khomiakov':--

1.) "As dangerous aspects of Khomiakovism one must also cite Khomiakov's critique of the Catholic doctrine of the sacraments and the Protestant doctrine of the Divine inspiration of the Bible. Containing some sort of truth, this critique inevitably leads to a clearly non-churchly pragmatism or modernism, which destroys the very essence of the doctrine of the sacraments, leaving only an external, intrinsically not valuable shell of this doctrine." (Reprinted in 'On Spiritual Unity', p. 322)

2.) "A further sign of the incompleteness of Khomiakov's religious consciousness is the fact that he has virtually no religious cosmology.

"Out of fear of the magic strain in Catholicism, Khomiakov falls at times into Protestant moralism. For him, sacraments have rather a spiritual-moral meaning than a cosmic one. Khomiakov's religious consciousness preeminently discloses those aspects of sacraments that are connected with spiritual rebirth, while aspects that are connected with cosmic transfiguration are virtually hidden from him.

"Khomiakov does not have a presentiment that the mystery of God's creation is revealed in the revelation of the cosmic nature of the sacraments. This is alien to his consciousness.

"In the sacraments one is given not only the spiritual and moral rebirth of the human soul, but also a prefiguring of the transfiguration of creation, a new cosmos, where eating will be the Eucharist, union will be marriage, and the awesome aqueous element will become baptism."

(Reprinted in 'On Spiritual Unity', p. 334)

On Spiritual Unity: A Slavophile Reader

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