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34 It was not only among the Slavophiles that the idea of an integral and living knowledge was proposed, within the epistemological structure in which love and moral uprightness meet and be a general 35 join. characteristic As far as we know, this may of the Byzantine philosophy 41 it- AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS self. 36 The Orthodox Slavs have a for the "rational/* the "Euclidean," as sidering them not contempt, Dostoevsky says, con- distrust, if "extrinsic" or "worldly" (the famous Russian not be entirely fortunate or of posivnesnost'), which may tive value.

It was only in the neo-Orthodox school of which Fr. Serge Bulgakov was the most accomplished representative, that saa separate philosophy nor a piential knowledge was neither pure mystique, nor a "scientific" theology, but all three combined. 34 It was not only among the Slavophiles that the idea of an integral and living knowledge was proposed, within the epistemological structure in which love and moral uprightness meet and be a general 35 join. characteristic As far as we know, this may of the Byzantine philosophy 41 it- AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS self.

A follows that although in the West the word taken in the narrow sense, it is understood in a all this it is broader arid deeper sense in the East. 22 type of piety that is cally tions, This brings about a very simple and yet very deep, not analyti- developed in logical deductions and practical applicabut continually vitalized in the services of the Church, of piety in which the meanings of the rite, the and the Church are united in a single living attitude. a type faith, Possibly this involves some weaknesses; 36 it may not perhaps respond CULTURAL FACTORS in points to the needs all of the modern world evolved as through the ages; but it seems still more certain that such a type of piety lends itself to an exaggerated "absolute interpretation" of rite, identified with what may be held to be most absolute.

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