Here in one volume are presented some of the essential writings of two major nineteenth-century Russian thinkers, theologian Aleksei Khomiakov and philosopher Ivan Kireevsky, and responses by the twentieth-century luminaries Pavel Florensky and Nikolai Berdiaev. Khomiakov's ''The Church is One,'' one of the most brilliant statements of Orthodox ecclesiology ever written, is included in its entirety, as well as ''Some Remarks by an Orthodox Christian Concerning the Western Communions'' (not to be confused with his classic ''On the Western Confessions of Faith'' in Ultimate Questions). An extremely valuable collection, indeed.
An Eighth Day View:
This unique volume gathers together for the first time the religious and philosophical writings of the founders of Russian religious philosophy, Aleksei Khomiakov and Ivan Kireevsky. Both began their intellectual careers in the literary world during the 1820s. Khomiakov was for many years best known as a poet of the Pushkin school, while Kireevsky was well known as an original literary critic.
The texts collected here make available to Western readers two of Russia's great gifts to world thought: the philosophical concepts of sobornost (community, universality, wholeness, ecumenicity) and integral knowledge, which overcomes the subject/object dichotomy, making sobornost possible.
On Spiritual Unity provides not only a fascinating introduction to Russian religious philosophy, but more than that a profound, meditative text for anyone concerned with human and spiritual unity. Also included in this collection are two responses to Slavophile ideas by the prominent Russian philosophers Pavel Florensky and Nikolai Berdiaev.