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Nikolai Berdyaev: “this weary day of modern history”

4 January 2017

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“In reality the medieval civilization was a renaissance in opposition to the barbarism and darkness which had followed the fall of the civilization of antiquity, a chaos in which Christianity alone had been the light and the principle of order. For long it was believed that this complex and rich period had been a great void in the intellectual history of mankind and of its philosophical thought, when as a matter of fact these centuries had so many excellent thinkers and such diversity in the realm of their thought that noting like it can be found at any other epoch; the things which were substantial and living for them are counted as superfluous luxuries in modern times. A return to the middle ages is then a return to a better religious type, for we are far below their culture in the spiritual order; and we should hurry back to them the more speedily because the movements of negation in our decadence have overcome the positive creative and strengthening movements. The middle ages was not a time of darkness, but a period of night; the medieval soul was a “night-soul” wherein were displayed elements and energies which afterwards shut themselves up within themselves at the appearing of this weary day of modern history.”

Nikolai Berdyaev

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 January 2017 4:56 am

    Reblogged this on The Harlemite.

  2. Dave permalink
    5 January 2017 12:29 am

    I read a hefty portion of Berdyaev’s works nearly over 10 years ago. Thanks for putting him in front of me, again!

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