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Title: The Resolution of the 'Great Controversy'
Subtitle: The Debate between Vladimir Solov'ëv and Aleksandr Kireev on the uestion of Church (Re)Union (1883-1897)
Author(s): SCHROOYEN, Pauline
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 57 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2005
This article provides a historical reconstruction of the debate between the Russian religious philosopher and publitsist Vladimir Solov’ëv (1853-1900) and the Russian General Aleksandr Kireev (1833-1910) on the question of a (re)union between the Orthodox and the Roman-Catholic Churches. Solov’ëv’s new, that is ecumenical, approach to this age-old problem met with incomprehension and indignation by most members of the Russian Orthodox community. Although he raised many arguments in favor of a Church (re)union and refuted quite a few prejudices against the (Catholic) West, the outcome of the debate was negative. In a thorough analysis in which a distinction is made between three different levels of misunderstanding, the author shows how fundamentally both opponents differed in their religious outlook.