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Throughout this comprehensive study, Arjakovsky presents a wealth of arguments, from debates over "Russian exceptionalism" to the possibilities of a Christian and Orthodox version of socialist politics, the degree to which the church could allow its agenda to be shaped by both local and global political realities, and controversies about the distinctively Russian theology of Divine Wisdom, Sophia. Arjakovsky also maps out the relationships these émigré thinkers established with significant Western theologians such as Jacques Maritain, Yves-Marie Congar, Henri de Lubac, and Jean Daniélou, who provided the intellectual underpinnings of Vatican II.
"The Way is an important work, brilliantly researched, and the product of a true scholar who talks to us theologically as he progresses. Antoine Arjakovsky's main focus of interest is on ecumenical theology, and he argues convincingly that Orthodox thought as manifested in these leading-edge thinkers still has a major role to play in opening an authentically Orthodox but inclusive ecclesiological line of approach to contemporary Christianity." —John A. McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary
"The journal The Way was the heartbeat of the Russian religious intelligentsia from 1925 until the end of World War II, and no more creative band of religious thinkers existed anywhere in the world at the time than this small group of Russians coordinated by the indefatigable Berdyaev. This book is an extraordinarily rich study that deserves to be widely known. Its subject is of the first order of importance for modern intellectual history." —Paul Valliere, Butler University
"The Way is the first comprehensive study of one of the most important movements in modern Russian intellectual history. Arjakovsky provides a lucid account of a vibrant theological circle of Russian emigres in Paris who were in dialogue with their Western Christian counterparts. They sought to develop Christian thinking that remained rooted in tradition but could speak to modern problems, exploring its implications for philosophical, political, and cultural issues that still have much to say to contemporary Christian thought. We are deeply indebted to Arjakovsy for this masterful presentation." —Scott Kenworthy, Miami University
"Antoine Arjakovsky has provided English readers with the first in-depth study of an unparalleled creative moment in the history of modern Russian religious and Orthodox thought, the lasting impact of which has yet to be fully appreciated. Both a historical excursion and a critical intellectual enterprise in its own right, Arjakovsky’s study offers a detailed guide to the diversity of thought and philosophical debates among a stellar group of Russian émigré intellectuals. Those interested in the history of modern Orthodox Christian thought, Russian religious philosophy, and church politics among the first wave of Russia’s Orthodox emigration will find a trove of information in this volume." —Vera Shevzov, Smith College
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