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The Quarterly Journal of St. Philaret’s Institute

ISSN: 2658-7599 (print)
2713-3141 (online)

From the “Prayer” to the Refusal to Receive Absolution: Is It Possible to Define Solzhenitsynʼs Christianity?

Georges Nivat, Academician, European Academy (London), Professor, University of Geneva (Geneva)
pp. 186–202
DOI: 10.25803/SFI.2018.28.24707
The article traces the evolution of Christian themes and motifs in A. I. Solzhenitsynʼs work and raises the question of the nature of his Christian faith and of its role in his literary and journalistic writings. Special attention is paid to the imagery of the righteous, to the theme of repentance and forgiveness as well as to the writerʼs interest to aesthetics in Christianity and to the representation of Old Believers. The article also reflects how Olivier Clement and Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann viewed Solzhenitsynʼs Christianity. It is concluded that there was a complex controversy between of the heavenly “republic” and the earthly one within the writerʼs creative universe.
Keywords: Christianity, Christian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, repentance, Solzhenitsynʼs work.

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