COULD SVETOSAVLJE MOBILIZE SOCIAL FORCES IN SERBIA IN FAVOR OF THE BONUM COMMUNE?
Keywords:Eastern Orthodoxy, Svetosavlje, Serbian Orthodox Church, Europe, Reforms
There are not many things in Serbian Orthodoxy different from other versions of Orthodoxy, or even most of other Christian confessions. What really makes it special is the interpretation of the life and philosophy of St. Sava, the so called Svetosavlje, which, although is in its core the “gospel revolutionary” and the most authentic guarantee of Serbian Christians’ identity, does not contain anything that is not Orthodoxy. During the civil war in SFRY in the last decade of the 20th century, school romantic cult of St. Sava, although completely apolitical in its purpose and its essence, was used by one side for the strengthening of Serbian nationalism and patriotism, and by the other side as the proof that ideology of the Great Serbia was embedded in the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian Orthodox religion. In times when Serbia strives to join the EU, Serbian Orthodox Church could play a significant role in modernization not only of itself, but also of the Serbian society as a whole, whereby the spirit of Svetosavlje should have the decisive role in the reforms necessary in order to achieve this goal.
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