Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Holy Russia?

Alastair alerted me to a recent post by Peter Leithart on the Christian foundation of Europe. In that post, Leithart features a very interesting columnist who writes under the pseudonym "Spengler" for Asia Times Online. Here is the conclusion to an article entitled, "Europe is not the sum of its parts":

To recapture Europe means re-creating the faith. It is hard to imagine that the Roman Catholic Church might re-emerge as Europe's defining institution. The European Church is enervated. But I do not think that is the end of the matter. As I argued last month, Russia has become the frontier between Europe and the Islamic world and, unlike Europe, is not prepared to dissolve quietly into the ummah. Pope Benedict's recent pilgrimage to Turkey, it must be remembered, only incidentally dealt with Catholic relations with Islam; first of all it was a gesture to Orthodoxy in the form of a visit to the former Byzantium, its spiritual home.

Franz Rosenzweig, that most Jewish connoisseur of Christianity, believed that the Church of Peter (Rome) and the Church of Paul (Protestantism) would yield place to the Church of John (Orthodoxy) - that the churches of works and faith would be transcended by the church of love. If Europe has a future, it lies in an ecumenical alliance of Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and at least some elements of Anglicanism.

For the time being, Europe's constitution will be stillborn. But Europe is not yet dead. Russia is the place to watch, and the quiet conversation of Catholicism is the still, small voice to listen for.

And so we wait for God to work out his purposes for the world through the agency of his Church, the New Jerusalem that is dawning in the present age.

Of further interest to Christian monarchists, check out this article by Andrei Zolotov and "The Restoration of Romanity" by Vladimir Moss.

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