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This e-book examines the rehabilitation over the last 20 years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the debatable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his loss of life. Having been vilified through the previous Yugoslav Communist professionals as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has grow to be seemed in Serbian society as a saintly determine and an important spiritual individual on account that medieval instances. Byford charts the posthumous passage of Velimirovic from 'traitor' to 'saint' and examines the complementary dynamics of repression and denial that have been used to divert public cognizance from the controversies surrounding his life.The ebook offers the 1st designated exam of ways during which an jap Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of anti-Semitism inside of its ranks and considers the consequences of the ongoing reverence of Nikolaj Velimirovic for the endurance of antisemitism in Serbian Orthodox tradition and Serbian society as a complete. The examine relies on an in depth exam of the altering representations of Velimirovic within the Serbian media and in commemorative discourse, in addition to interviews with a couple of in demand public figures who've been actively enthusiastic about the bishop's rehabilitation over the last 20 years.
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The belief in the spiritual superiority of Serbs in relation to other Slavs reflected also the conviction that “Svetosavlje”—the uniquely Serbian brand of Christianity derived from the teachings of the medieval Serbian saint Sava—contains within it the blueprint for a truly The Life of Nikolaj Velimirović and His Changing Public Image 41 Christian society (see van Dartel, 1984). In Velimirović’s interpretation of Serbia’s national history (which was reflected also in the writing of a number of his contemporaries and followers, most notably theologians Justin Popović and Dimitrije Najdanović), St Sava was not just the founder of the autocephalous Serbian Orthodox Church, but also the father of the Serbian nation and the embodiment of the medieval Serbian Christian state.
Velimirović’s sermons in Britain were very well received. According to eyewitnesses and reports mainly in Church of England publications, eager crowds gathered readily to hear him speak. This is unsurprising, given that by 1916 the whole country was witnessing a wave of pro-Serbian euphoria. ” with which the newspaper John Bull greeted the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, gave way to a very different sentiment. In June 1916 British schools commemorated “Kossovo Day” in support of Serbia, in The Daily News the British writer G.
Within a few years of his arrival at Ohrid, Velimirović, who had been known for his tidy hair, silk cassocks, and confidence that bordered on arrogance, became a recluse, ascetic, and conservative figure. In Reflections on Good and Evil, published in 1923, Velimirović provided an account of this transformation, describing it as a form of spiritual homecoming. He wrote that “we are sometimes drawn to and seduced by the great waters of this sensual world. And just as water from a spring is never as sweet as when we return to it burdened with disappointment, with throats sore from the salty and bitter waters we had to drink; so the Christian faith is never as dear to us as when we return to it from afar, as penitents, ashamed and disappointed…” (cited in Bigović, 1998, pp.