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ON THE RESTORATION OF HOLINESS AND THE DESTINY OF EUROPE

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  • Basil Yakimov
    ON THE RESTORATION OF HOLINESS AND THE DESTINY OF EUROPE It is fitting that we love Holy Russia, leaving aside European fashion, and repent for our past
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      ON THE RESTORATION OF HOLINESS AND THE DESTINY OF EUROPE



      It is fitting that we love Holy Russia, leaving aside European fashion, and
      repent for our past attraction to it, that we are steadfast in the Orthodox
      Faith, praying to God and offering repentance for the past…Europe ,our
      benefactor, has taught us external arts and sciences, but it has taken away
      inner goodness.Letters 172 and 173 of the Holy Elder Macarius of Optina.



      Foreword


      Since losing its spiritual unity of the first millennium, Europe has been
      divided. Since the beginning of the second millennium, there have evolved
      two different Europes, Christian, or Orthodox, Europe, and Judeo-Christian,
      or Heterodox, Europe.


      Since the beginning of the second millennium, Christian Europe has been
      oppressed, guarding its roots in the east in the Gospel of Christ, as
      preached in Asia, in the Jerusalem of the New Testament. On the other hand,
      rejecting the Cross of Christian Europe, to the west Judeo-Christian Europe
      has grown up. Over a thousand years it gradually forgot the Church of New
      Testament Jerusalem, forgetting Holiness, producing not a single saint. It
      replaced the Church with the spiritual blindness of rationalist and
      materialist ideologies, which impaired and desacralized its faith, and
      become ‘Judeo-Christian’ Europe. Instead of cultivating the Holiness of
      Jerusalem, it came to cultivate secular human ‘culture’, idolizing pagan
      Rome, pagan Greece, pagan Egypt, pagan India, pagan China and pagan
      Babylon.


      Judeo-Christian Europe is a divided trinity. At the end of the first
      millennium it left the Church, the source of Holiness, the saints and
      spiritual wholeness, and so disintegrated spiritually. Thus, in the second
      millennium each of its three families of peoples took with it only some
      refracted part of Holiness, which each developed according to its spiritual
      genius. Isolated from the wholeness of the Church and so Holiness, for many
      centuries each guarded and cultivated only the partial heritage, which it
      had taken with it.


      Christian Europe


      In the second millennium the remaining peoples of multinational Christian
      Europe, Greeks, Georgians, Romanians and Slavs, continued to dedicate their
      genius to the divine culture of Holiness. Their greatest achievements can
      be seen in their monasteries, churches and saints, who struggled for
      self-improvement and even perfection, living the full Gospel ideals,
      ‘seeking first the kingdom of heaven’. Their faith, come from the fishermen
      of Galilee and Syria, spread to Greeks and Iberians, Bulgarian herdsman and
      Serbian peasants, Russian muzhiks, Moldavian shepherds and the Rusin
      forest-dwellers of the Carpathians. This spirit they carried across the
      vastness of Siberia to its many peoples, then to China, Korea and the Great
      Ocean, to Alaska and Japan, to one sixth of the world.


      But towards the end of that millennium the remaining Christian peoples of
      Europe forgot that Holiness is the aim of their being. Thus, they began to
      imitate the ‘culture’ of the Judeo-Christian peoples. They put their hopes
      for the kingdom of heaven into building an earthly kingdom. So they built
      the kingdom of hell on earth, destroying the best in their nations,
      persecuting the just and holy, fighting all that was historic and sacred in
      their popular traditions, committing national suicide, regardless of
      Holiness.


      Latin Europe


      In the second millennium the mainly Roman Catholic Latin peoples of
      Judeo-Christian Europe put aside Holiness and dedicated their genius to the
      human culture of Beauty. Their greatest achievements can be seen in the
      theoretical speculations of their philosophers, the literary style of their
      writers, Parisian style and French chateaux, in the genius for elegant
      design of all the Latin peoples, in good food and drink, in Renaissance
      architects and artists in Rome, Florence, Venice and many other cities, in
      the old-world nobility and artistry of Spain and in the fine elegance,
      poetry and culture of Portugal. This spirit they carried into new worlds,
      to South and Central America, to Mexico, to French and Belgian Africa, to
      Mozambique and Angola, to Indo-China, to the Philippines and to islands all
      over the world.


      But towards the end of that millennium, the Latin peoples forgot that
      Holiness is the source of all Beauty. Thus, they put form above content and
      fell into revolutionary violence, vain egoism, narcissism and amoral
      hedonism. Their lives became empty, devoid of meaning, dedicated only to
      their self-centred animal pleasures. ‘La Belle France’ became a place of
      human ugliness, ‘les belles lettres’ became a mirror reflecting human
      passions and the Latin ‘dolce vita’ became an excuse for self-indulgence,
      regardless of Beauty.


      Germanic Europe


      In the second millennium, the mixed Roman Catholic/Protestant Germanic
      peoples of Judeo-Christian Europe put aside Holiness and dedicated their
      genius to the human culture of Truth. Their greatest achievements can be
      seen in the their search for the truth in things, intense analytical
      dialectics of Germanic philosophy, in the genial depth of Germanic music
      and literature, in the Germanic gift for engineering, in the cleanliness
      and efficiency of the Dutch, in the crisp efficacy of the Scandinavians, in
      the technical brilliance and efficient organization of the Germans,
      Austrians and Swiss. This spirit they carried into the Europe to the east
      and north and south of them, to Iceland, to the Lebensraum of Prussia and
      Poland, to the Baltic Lands and Finland, to Czechia and Slovakia, to
      Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.


      But towards the end of that millennium, the Germanic peoples forgot that
      Holiness is the source of all Truth. Thus, they put their own limited but
      proud intellects above all else and dedicated themselves to the triumph of
      themselves over others, the ‘Uebermensch’ (the superhuman) over the
      ‘Untermensch’ (the sub-human), the efficient organization of their imagined
      superiority, of racist genocide. Their technical accomplishments became a
      mere excuse for the ultra-efficient service of human lusts, regardless of
      Truth.


      English-Speaking Europe


      In the second millennium, the later mainly Protestant English-speaking
      peoples of Judeo-Christian Europe, combining elements of both the Germanic
      and Latin peoples in their history, put aside Holiness and dedicated their
      genius to the human culture of Goodness. Their greatest achievements can be
      seen in the pragmatic application of human knowledge in freedom, the
      practical inventive ability to transform the world and their surroundings
      for commerce and human welfare, analyzing the human-being and human
      relations, promoting in their literature justice and patience, courtesy and
      the gentleman’s agreement – that ‘my word is my bond’. This spirit they
      carried to the vastness of North America, to the Continent of Australia and
      New Zealand, to India and Africa, to cities and islands all over the world.


      But towards the end of that millennium, the English-speaking peoples forgot
      that Holiness is the source of all Goodness. Thus, they put their practical
      abilities and analyses of humanity at the service of ruthless and arrogant
      commercial exploitation, devoting themselves to work and trade in anything,
      from slaves to opium, as long as profit was made. So they exploited and
      exhausted the world, making their ability to transform the world into
      compromises, hypocritically living with perverted principles, regardless of
      Goodness.


      Afterword


      Such was the division of Europe in the second millennium. However, in the
      third millennium, there emerged yet another important difference between
      Christian Europe and Judeo-Christian Europe.


      On the one hand, the former Christian Europe has begun to understand the
      folly of its recent errors and is slowly returning to the New Jerusalem,
      the wisdom of its ancestors, seeking out Holiness again. On the other hand,
      Judeo-Christian Europe is still unable to see Holiness, for Holiness
      requires humility of mind. As a result of its proud secularist ‘culture’,
      Judeo-Christian Europe continues blindly on its downward hellish spiral.
      Producing not a single saint and, having lost the sense of the sacred,
      denying even the power of the saints, from Beauty, Truth and Goodness it
      descends into Ugliness, Falsehood and Evil. It justifies itself, trying to
      undermine Christian Europe for which it has only contempt, attacking in
      turn Cyprus and Greece, Serbia and the Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and
      finally Holy Russia.


      And yet this restoration of Christian Europe is now the only chance of
      salvation not only for itself, but also for Judeo-Christian Europe and the
      rest of the Judeo-Christianized world. For all concerned there is only one
      path upward out of the mutual pit of hell of the past twentieth century –
      the path of repentance, the first step towards the restoration of Holiness
      and reintegration with the saints, without whom there can be no restoration
      of the spiritual genius of each people of Europe and real Beauty, Truth and
      Goodness.


      Fr Andrew Phillips
      Rennes, Brittany


      15/28 July 2006
      Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Vladimir,
      Enlightener of Rus
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