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This ebook examines the rehabilitation during the last 20 years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the arguable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his loss of life. Having been vilified via the previous Yugoslav Communist specialists as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has end up seemed in Serbian society as a saintly determine and crucial spiritual individual when you consider that medieval occasions. 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 recognition from the controversies surrounding his life.The ebook offers the 1st special exam of how during which an jap Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of anti-Semitism inside 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 an entire. The research is predicated on a close exam of the altering representations of Velimirovic within the Serbian media and in commemorative discourse, in addition to interviews with a couple of well-liked public figures who've been actively desirous about the bishop's rehabilitation over the last 20 years.
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230). ” In “Religion and Nationality in Serbia,” which was published both as a pamphlet (1915) and as part of the edited volume The Soul of Serbia (1916a), Velimirović expresses a strong pro-Yugoslav sentiment. He suggests that “Jugoslavs—Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes” are “one and the same nation in language, in blood, in destiny, and in their aspirations” (Velimirović, 1916a, p. 56). This stance was based above all on a Slavophile sentiment, which in this incarnation had strong regional and religious components.
What is more, in Velimirović’s writing the importance which Christianity traditionally attributes to the notions of individual righteousness and personal salvation disappeared before the belief in collective salvation of Christian nations (Janić, 1994; Jerotić, 2000). For Velimirović, it is Serbia’s history of collective suffering and martyrdom for Christ (whether in Kosovo in 1389, or during World War I) and the aspirations towards “Teodulija” that will earn the whole of the Serbian nation a place in heaven.
58). In particular, Velimirović praised the work of the Catholic bishop of Đakovo, Josip Juraj Strossmayer (1815–1905), as one of the pioneers of the Yugoslav idea and keen advocate of interfaith dialogue between Catholicism and Orthodoxy in the region. “Religion and nationality in Serbia” was specifically written in Strossmayer’s memory on the centenary of his birth. Significantly, however, the enthusiasm for Yugoslavia as a league of equal nations and faiths which Velimirović professed in his speeches reflected his role as the representative of the Serbian state, rather than his genuine political orientation.