LOVING NATION, ENDORSING THE ECCLESIAL UNIVERSAL: A ROMANIAN PERSPECTIVE

  • Paul Andrei Mucichescu Universitatea "1 Decembrie 1918", Alba-Iulia

Abstract




This theological and philosophical article aims for a solution to the provocation of nationalism and offers a series of interconnected arguments for this purpose. In doing so it makes use of Romanian cultural realities and sources (stances of Dumitru Stăniloae, of Daniil Sandu Tudor and others, as well as dictionary entries). The considerations start from the topic of politics and of what politics consists of "“ ideology. Turning towards ecclesiology and social theology, the relationship between hate and phyletism is assessed. Considering this relationship, the analysis shows that, from an Orthodox point of view, true nationalism should be understood as a form of love "“ corruptible but legitimate. Ideological nationalism is identified as its opposite. The Gordian Knot of ideological nationalism is found to be a false understanding of "œnational interests". Finally, a second relation is investigated "“ the one between the national and the universal, seen from Romanian premises.


Keywords: nationalism, patriotism, universalism, One Church, identity, love, ideology, phyletism, autocephaly




Published
2020-12-30
How to Cite
MUCICHESCU, Paul Andrei. LOVING NATION, ENDORSING THE ECCLESIAL UNIVERSAL: A ROMANIAN PERSPECTIVE. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, [S.l.], v. 65, n. 2, p. 171-208, dec. 2020. ISSN 2065-9474. Available at: <https://journals.orth.ro/index.php/subbto/article/view/376>. Date accessed: 29 july 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.24193/subbto.2020.2.10.