2007 | 6 - Odmiany dyskursu politycznego | 63-78
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Czas i historia w dyskursie elit symbolicznych w HISTORIARIUM ADVERSUS PAGANOS Orozjusza

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Time and History in the Discourse of Symbolic Elites in HISTORIARUM ADVERSUS PAGANOS by Orosius
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The following paper presents Christian vision of time and history created in the beginning of the sixth century. We can find the most developed version of this way of thinking about time and history in "The City of God" by St. Augustine. However, the author of this article focuses on St. Augustine's disciple - Orosius who wrote his work before his great master. In "Historiarum adversus paganos" (rather unknown and forgotten) Orosius shows the history of the humanity interpreted by the Incarnation and the idea of Divine Providence. All the events, even if they are cruel and frightening, are not able to destroy Orosius' historical optimism because time and history are determinate by God and his will. The only point of reference is the Incarnation, what means that the most important event has already happen. The history of the humanity is the way to God and the waiting for his second coming. What counts from the political point of view is the idea of eternal peace which is really possible in the new Christian world. Orosius shows that the peace isn't only the hope of surviving but the only way of creating the new world - some kind of integration different nations within the church. It's one of the first ideas of the political unity and because of that it's worth of being reminded.
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