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Author QuotedNikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev
Title Quotedsens de la creation : un essai de justification de l'homme / Nicolas Berdiaev ; trad. du russe par Lucienne Julien Cain ; pref. de Stanislas Fumet
Date (Year/Month/Day)1957/05/28
Imprint[Bruxelles?] : Desclee de Brouwer. 1955
QuotationIn Theophane Zatvornik, a Russian bishop of the 19th. century, the asceticism of the fathers was revived, says Berdyaev, not to prepare for a new life but to "obey the consequences of sin" and to "fortify and preserve established (social) forms." ...Later-in very important pages on genius and sanctity (in his contrast of Pushkin and Seraphim of Sarov) he points out the elements of sacrifice inherent in the work of genius and how the asceticism of convent life is perfectly well adapted to the positivist world and to the utilitarianism of bourgeois existence. But no more adaptation is possible in the work of genius.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 94
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