In a message dated 7/3/2003 11:51:31 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Does anyone know if any of Khomiakov's writings have been published
> in English? I have read "The Church is One", but am interested in
> reading other things he wrote. Any suggestions?
Dear in Christ John,
"The Church is One" has seen a few editions, but his work "On the Western
Confessions" was published in the anthology "Ultimate Questions" published by SVS
press (A. Schmemann, editor).
There is also a book, out of print for about 100 years, called "Russia and
the English Church" or something like that, which includes the then-famous
Khomiakov/Palmer correspondence. Palmer was an Anglican and member of the Oxford
Movement. In his correspondence with Khomiakov, which was undertaken in English,
he expresses an early version of the branch theory. Khomiakov charitably but
firmly responds to this, asserts the unity of the One Church, and encourages
Palmer to join it.
He almost succeeded. Palmer ultimately became a Roman Catholic instead,
citing Orthodoxy's 'internal inconsistencies' as an insurmountable obstacle to his
conversion. (Khomiakov, following contemporary Russian practice, had told
him he would be received by chrismation; when Palmer inquired of the the Greek
Church, they told him that he would need to be baptized. Palmer saw this as a
difference in theology rather than in church discipline.)
I imagine you are mostly interested in Khomiakov's religious works. He was
knowledgeable in many disciplines and was much published.
priest Michael Carney
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