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This ebook examines the rehabilitation over the last twenty years of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic (1881-1956), the debatable Serbian Orthodox Christian thinker, written fifty years after his demise. Having been vilified by way of the previous Yugoslav Communist gurus as a traitor, antisemite and a fascist, Velimirovic has grow to be looked in Serbian society as a saintly determine and an important non secular individual seeing that medieval instances. 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 cognizance from the controversies surrounding his life.The publication provides the 1st exact exam of ways during which an jap Orthodox Church manages controversy surrounding the presence of anti-Semitism inside its ranks and considers the results of the continued reverence of Nikolaj Velimirovic for the patience of antisemitism in Serbian Orthodox tradition and Serbian society as a complete. The examine 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 widespread public figures who've been actively taken with the bishop's rehabilitation during the last 20 years.
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In 1908 Velimirović was awarded a doctorate in theology for the thesis The Life of Nikolaj Velimirović and His Changing Public Image 21 entitled “Faith in the Resurrection of Christ as the Foundation of the Dogma of the Apostolic Church” (Velimirović, 1908), which he wrote and defended in German. During the stay in Switzerland, he completed a second thesis, a historical treatise on the battles between “Slavs” and Napoleon’s army in Boka Kotorska between 1806 and 1814 (Velimirović, 1910). For this work he was awarded a second doctorate from the University in Bern in 1910.
Velimirović had to wait until 1946 before taking permanent residence in the United States, in circumstances that he could not have foreseen in 1923. The Life of Nikolaj Velimirović and His Changing Public Image 35 In the early 1920s, Velimirović also became involved with Bogo moljački pokret, or the Devotionalist movement, a network of Orthodox Christian evangelists who became a focal point of his interest in the 1920s and 30s (Subotić, 1996; Vojinović, 1971). The Devotionalist movement emerged in the mid-19th century in Vojvodina, which was under Austro-Hungarian rule at the time.
He became graced by the warm currents of Orthodoxy. He was enchanted and thrilled by the beautiful and salvationist image of Christ and inspired by the religious work of St Sava. Fame became unimportant to him. Compliments bored him. He rejected the excessively refined literary expression, and discarded earthly wisdom as a symptom of spiritual misery and desolation. ” Rather, he became more spiritual and uncomplicated. Christ’s words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” became everything to him.