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1945 and the Moscow Patriarchate's ''Theology of Victory''

1945 and the Moscow Patriarchate's ''Theology of Victory''

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It is well-known that for over eighty years now the Moscow Patriarchate has assiduously defended and advanced the cause of world communism, making excuses for the Soviet government even in its most evil acts – and such acts have been without precedent in world history… This process began with the pro-Soviet “declaration” of Metropolitan, later Patriarch Sergius in 1927. It gathered pace under Patriarch Alexis during and after the Second World War. In the 1960s, under Metropolitan Nicodemus of Leningrad, it acquired a quasi-theological basis in the “Theology of Peace”, very similar to the “liberation theology” of the contemporary Catholic Marxists of Central and South America. This “Gospel of Communist Christianity” suffered a temporary setback after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but towards the end of the 1990s a new “religion of victory” was being developed, a glorification of the Soviet victory in 1945 as a victory of good over evil comparable to the victory of Christ over the devil at Pascha! Now, in 2010, to crown this truly horrific justification of the greatest evil as the greatest good, the new patriarch, Cyril (Gundiaev) has described the deaths of the millions of Soviet citizens in the Second Word War as “a nation-wide propitiatory sacrifice” to God for the sins of the Russian people

It is well-known that for over eighty years now the Moscow Patriarchate has assiduously defended and advanced the cause of world communism, making excuses for the Soviet government even in its most evil acts – and such acts have been without precedent in world history… This process began with the pro-Soviet “declaration” of Metropolitan, later Patriarch Sergius in 1927. It gathered pace under Patriarch Alexis during and after the Second World War. In the 1960s, under Metropolitan Nicodemus of Leningrad, it acquired a quasi-theological basis in the “Theology of Peace”, very similar to the “liberation theology” of the contemporary Catholic Marxists of Central and South America. This “Gospel of Communist Christianity” suffered a temporary setback after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but towards the end of the 1990s a new “religion of victory” was being developed, a glorification of the Soviet victory in 1945 as a victory of good over evil comparable to the victory of Christ over the devil at Pascha! Now, in 2010, to crown this truly horrific justification of the greatest evil as the greatest good, the new patriarch, Cyril (Gundiaev) has described the deaths of the millions of Soviet citizens in the Second Word War as “a nation-wide propitiatory sacrifice” to God for the sins of the Russian people

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1945 AND THE MOSCOWPATRIARCHATE'S "THEOLOGY OFVICTORY"
Written by Vladimir Moss
1945 AND THE MP’S “THEOLOGY OF VICTORY”
 It is well-known that for over eighty years now the Moscow Patriarchate has assiduouslydefended and advanced the cause of world communism, making excuses for the Sovietgovernment even in its most evil acts
 – 
and such acts have been without precedent in world
history… This process began with the pro
-
Soviet “declaration” of Metropolitan, later Patriarch
Sergius in 1927. It gathered pace under Patriarch Alexis during and after the Second World War.In the 1960s, under Metropolitan Nicodemus of Leningrad, it acquired a quasi-theological basis
in the “Theology of Peace”, very similar to the “liberation theology” of the contemporaryCatholic Marxists of Central and South America. This “Gospel of Communist Christianity”
suffered a temporary setback after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, but towards the end of 
the 1990s a new “religion of victory” was being developed, a glorification of the Soviet victory
in 1945 as a victory of good over evil comparable to the victory of Christ over the devil atPascha! Now, in 2010, to crown this truly horrific justification of the greatest evil as the greatestgood, the new patriarch, Cyril (Gundiaev) has described the deaths of the millions of Soviet
citizens in the Second Word War as “a nation
-
wide propitiatory sacrifice”
to God for the sins of 
the Russian people…
Let us briefly examine how this “theology of victory” grew out of the “theology of peace” of the
 1960s.*The so-
called “movement for peace” or “theology of peace” arose as an essentially political
reaction to the foundation of NATO in 1949. This organization had been created in order todefend Europe against Soviet aggression. But from the viewpoint of Marxism-Leninism, it wasnot a defensive organization, but a threat to world peace.
In line with this position, the MP organized a series of ecumenical conferences “in defence of  peace” with representatives not only of the Christian confessions, but a
lso of Hinduism,
Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Shintoism and Sikhism. Insofar as these religious “fighters for peace”
worshipped completely different gods or (in the case of Buddhism) no god at all, there was noplace at these conferences for the specifically
Christian
understanding of peace. Thus there wasno mention of the fact that peace on earth is possible only if there is peace with God, which is
obtained only through faith in the redeeming work of Christ, Who “is our peace” (
Ephesians
 
2.14), and through a constant struggle with evil in all its forms, including atheism andcommunism.Moreover, as Kurochkin
writes, “on the pages of the ecclesiastical press and on the lips of those
speaking before the believers, the similarity and closeness of the communist and Christian social
and moral ideals was proclaimed more and more often.” And so the cult of Stalin wa
s
transformed into the cult of communism. For “the patriarchal church, having conquered the
renovationists, was forced to assimilate the heritage of the conquered not only in the field of political re-orientation, but also in the sphere of ideological reco
nstruction.
The “Gospel of Communist Christianity” appeared in an encyclical of the patriarchate “in
connection with the Great October Soci
alist Revolution”, which supposedly “turned into reality
the dreams of many generations of people. It made all the natural riches of the land and means of production into the inheritance of the people. It
changed the very essence of human relations
,making all our citizens equal and excluding from our society any possibility of enmity betweenpeoples of difference races and nationalities, of different persuasions, faiths and social
conditions.”
Insofar as the MP confessed that the revolution “changed the very essence of human relations”
for the better, it renounced the Christian Faith for that of the faith of the Antichrist. This aspectof the
MP‟s apostasy is often forgotten. And of course now, since the fall of communism, the MP
no longer talks about its enthusiasm for the antichristian creed of communism. But by anynormal definition of words, the hierarchs of the MP ceased to be, not only Orthodox in any
meaningful sense, but also Christian at this time…
 
“The so
-
called „theology of peace‟,” wrote Protopresbyter George Grabbe, “is in essence the
chiliastic preaching of the Kingdom of God on earth, with the help of the planting of communistsoc
ialism…“The peace which the Moscow patriarchate is clamouring for is not spiritual peace, but political
peace, and moreover, a false peace, for the so-
called „theology of peace‟ is linked with the
deceptive propaganda of the Soviets. In trying to echo communist propaganda, the patriarchate isinvoluntarily falling into the preaching of a certain kind of chiliasm, that is, the attainment of a
golden age and general peace by human means of a political character. If the Saviour said: „Seek 
first of all the K
ingdom of God, and all the rest will be added to you,‟ the Moscow patriarchate
puts the question in the reverse order: the Kingdom of God must be attained through the externalmeans of the communist social order.
“That is why, in his report „Peace and Freedom‟ at the local conference of the movement for 
peace in Holland in 1963, Metropolitan Nicodemus called for the Church to come closer to this
world. „From ancient times,‟ he said, „the apologists of the unchangeability of social relations
have begun to incline the thoughts of Christians to complete alienation from the world with theaim of drawing them away from burning social problems, for the struggle for the reconstructionof society on the principles of justice. Under the long influence of this pseudo-Christianpreaching whole generations of narrow fanatics have been educated and grown up with distorted
ideas about Christianity‟ (
 J.M.P.
, 1963, № 1, p. 40).
 
 
“What is Metropolitan Nicodemus renouncing in these words? He is renouncing the patristic and
ascetic past, he is trying to turn the Church from striving for heaven to the path of earthly socialtasks. His Kingdom of God on earth is the communist order.
“He is echoed by Protopriest V.M. Borovoj, who expressed himself still more vividly:„Systematic the
ology and the historical churches have never been on the side of the revolutionfor the simple reason that they were prisoners of the cosmo-centric understanding of reality,prisoners of the static understanding of an order established once and for all on earth. Only in thelast decades, when profound changes, a kind of revolution, have taken place in philosophical,theological and scientific thought as the result of an anthropocentric view of the cosmos, anevolutionary conception of the universe and a new rethinking of the whole history of humanity
 – 
 only after all this has there appeared the possibility of working out a theology of development
and revolution‟ (
 J.M.P.
, 1966, № 9, p. 78)…
 
“By moving in this apostatic direction the Moscow patriarchate has al
ready lost Christianityitself, replacing it with the religion of this world. Contrary to the word of the Saviour (Matthew6.24), it is trying to serve two masters, and, as the Saviour warned, it has arrived at the point
where it is careless with regard to Christianity but ardent in serving atheist communism.
[4] Marxism-Leninism went out of fashion after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. But thecommunist spirit never died, and by the end of the liberal era of the 1990s, it revived in the form
of “National Bolshevism”, an extreme nationalistic form of the old communism wi
th some
“Orthodoxy” added but without Marxism. This modernized form of the old ideology sought
to justify the Soviet past in all its unprecedented evil, and rejected repentance for its sins as abetrayal of the nation.It was illustrated most vividly in a
n article entitled “The Religion of Victory” in which a new
Russian religio-
 political bloc, “For Victory!” presented its programme. The victory in question
was the victory of the Soviet forces over Nazi Germany in 1945, whose blood was considered bythe bl
oc to have “a mystical, sacred meaning”, being “the main emblem of the Russian historicalconsciousness”. The political and economic aspects of the bloc‟s programme were communistic;
but its nationalist and religious aspects were still more alarming. Yeltsin and his colleagues were
accused of having betrayed ‟45 and the “truly genius
-
quality” achievements of post
-war
Sovietism. “However”, wrote Valentine Chikin, “the enemy [which is clearly the West] has not
succeeded in destroying our Victory. Victory is that spiritual force which will help us to beregenerated. From Victory, as from a fruitful tree, will arise new technologies, will grow newschools, defence will be strengthened, a world-view will be worked out. And a new communalityembracing the whole na
tion will confirm the Victory of ‟45 in the 21
st
century.
“Let us not forget: in the 40s a wonderful fusing together of Russian epochs took place. Of the pagan, with Prince Sviatoslav [„the accursed‟, as the Orthodox Church calls him], who defeated
the Khazars. Of the Orthodox, in which the great Russian commanders and saints AlexanderNevsky and Dimitri Donskoj acted. Of the monarchist, with Peter, Suvorov and Kutuzov. In the
smoke of the battles of the Fatherland war they combined with the brilliant „reds‟ Zhukov,
Vasilevsky and Rokossovsky, which Joseph Stalin so clearly and loudly proclaimed from the
Mausoleum…
 

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