Total Unity in Russian Metaphysics: Some Reactions to Zenkovsky's and Lossky"s Histories
"The static conception of God as actus purus having no potentiality and completely self-sufficient is a philosophical, Aristotelian, and not a Biblical conception." NICOLAS BERDEYAEV, in Man's Destiny (trans. Natalie Duddington, 1937), p. 37.
PROFESSOR ZENKOVSKY, the leading historian of Russian philosophy, expresses the belief that "the genuinely vital creative problems of philosophic reflection derive from the Christian gospel and hence cannot be resolved apart from it."1 In the West, however, it has, he thinks, been difficult to see this because freedom of investigation has there become identified with opposition to the Church, while in Russia it has been possible to defend such freedom "from the religious point of view, taking the ecclesiastical tradition as point of departure, and giving oneself up fully____________________