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Foreword by the publishers

1987

  • A common approach to Church unity and the renewal of mankind (Paper given at the 1st International Theological Seminar ‘Toward a Theology of the World’, Budapest, December 14-18, 1987)

1999

  • The contemporary environment: Liberalism, traditionalism and the moral values of a uniting Europe (Article in ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’, May 26, 1999)

2000

  • Religious faith as the source of social norms. Correlating traditional and liberal values in individual and societal choices (Address to the Theological Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church ‘Orthodox Theology at the Turn of the Third Millennium’, Moscow, February 7-9, 2000)

2002

  • Human diversity and global integration (Address to the opening session of the European Council of Religious Leaders, Oslo, November 11-12, 2002)

2004

  • Liberal ideology: a threat to peace and freedom (Published in ‘Tserkovny Vestnik’, No. 1-2 (278-279), January 2004)

2005

  • God’s plan for man and free will (Address to the International Theological Conference ‘Eschatological Teaching of the Church’, Moscow, November 14, 2005)
  • No freedom without moral responsibility (From a meeting with journalists from the ‘Literaturnaya Gazeta’, published in no. 45-46, November 2-8 2005)

2006

  • Human rights and moral responsibility (Address to the 10th World Russian People’s Council ‘Faith, Man, Land: Russia’s mission in the twenty-first century’, Moscow, April 4, 2006)
  • The Russian Orthodox Church and the Christian dimension of the problem of human rights and freedoms (Article published in the newspaper ‘Izvestia’, April 4, 2006)
  • ‘Giving a Soul to Europe’ (Opening address to an international conference ‘Giving a Soul to Europe – Mission and Responsibility of the Churches’, Vienna, May 3-5, 2006)
  • Human rights and their moral foundations in European religious communities (Presentation at the seminar ‘The Evolution of Moral Values and Human Rights in Multicultural Society’, Strasbourg, October 30, 2006)
  • The value of the human being as the bearer of the Image of God and his dignity (Address to the seminar ‘Faithfulness to Traditional Christian Values and Freedom of Conscience’, Moscow, December 20, 2006)

2007

  • Human rights and religious principles (Address to the regional meeting of the representatives of Christian churches and communities of the CIS countries and the Baltic States preparatory to the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly ‘Modern Europe: God, Man and Society. Human Rights and Moral Determination’, Moscow, February 27, 2007)
  • Inter-Civilizational Dialogue (Address to the seminar ‘Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations: a Bridge between Human Rights and Moral Values ’, Paris, March 13-14, 2007)
  • Inter-relationship of human rights and religious and cultural traditions (Address to the conference ‘Human Rights and National Identity’, Moscow, April 18, 2007)

2008

  • Human rights and intercultural dialogue (Speaking at a panel discussion ‘Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue’ at the 7th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 18, 2008)
  • The Russian Orthodox Church’s basic teaching on human dignity, freedom and rights (Report to the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow, June 26, 2008)

2009

  • Dangers of modern theology (From an address at the Kiev Pecherski Lavra to the bishops, clergy, monastics, laity, teachers and students of the Kiev Theological Academy, Kiev, July 29, 2009)
  • Freedom and moral sense – destruction of their inter-relationship (From the speech at the Jubilee Event marking the 200th anniversary of St. Petersburg Theological Academy, St. Petersburg, October 9, 2009)

2010

  • The Russian Church and European culture (Article in the magazine ‘Expert’, 2010. No. 4/690)
  • Protecting dignity, freedom and human rights. (Message at a meeting with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Moscow, October 13, 2010)

2011

  • Problems of today’s world (From the speech at the meeting with the members of the Global Leadership Group of the Davos World Economic Forum in Davos, Moscow, March 12, 2011)
  • Living according to conscience and truth (From the address at the Easter reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Moscow, April 28, 2011)
  • Human rights and traditional values in Europe (Address at the meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders ‘Human Rights and Traditional Values in Europe’, Moscow, June 21, 2011)
  • The crisis of contemporary secular morality (From an address to teaching staff and students of Balamand University (Lebanon), November 16, 2011)

2012

  • Spirituality, morality, law (From the speech at the round-table conference ‘Spirituality, Morality, Law’ at Moscow University of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Moscow, March 28, 2012)
  • Maintaining spiritual and moral purpose (From the speech at the 4th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Astana, May 30, 2012)
  • От редакции

The book ‘Freedom and Responsibility: A Search for Harmony – Human Rights and Dignity’ by Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, was first published in 2008, when its author was Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kalingrad and Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations. It was composed of articles and speeches that he had given up to that time on the subject of Human Rights and Dignity, as he and others sought to clarify and expound the Russian Orthodox Church’s distinctive stance in this area, ending with the approval by the Bishops’ Council and publication in 2008 of the text ‘The Russian Orthodox Church’s Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights.’

The book was translated into Spanish and German in 2009, the year in which its author became Patriarch. In 2010 it was published in Italian and Polish, followed by English, Arabic and Greek. 2012 brought translations into Estonian, Latvian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Chinese and Hebrew. To date, this book by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has been translated into sixteen languages.

Patriarch Kirill has lived through crucial, often tragic, pages of Russian history. He experienced the severity of the Soviet era and its godless regime. He played an active role in the revival of the Church after the end of the atheistic era, and made an enormous contribution to the development of inter-Orthodox, inter-Christian and inter-religious cooperation. He has visited more than a hundred countries around the world, worshiping and meeting with religious, political and public figures. The breadth of his experience of the church, and of social life, has contributed to His Holiness’ understanding of the fundamental notions of human freedom, responsibility and dignity. His thinking in this area constitutes the basis of this book, in which the primary idea is the connection between the individual’s freedom and his responsibility before God, society and himself. The responsibility imposed by freedom originates in the moral nature of man, not in his philosophical or political views. Moral nature remains unchanged as a constant given to us by the Creator. Accordingly, moral standards cannot be overwritten for today.

According to His Holiness, the book was written to say one thing: Freedom to sin is not freedom. During one of the presentations of his work, Patriarch Kirill, speaking about the doctrine of St. Paul on freedom, emphasized: ‘The freedom to sin turns humans into slaves of instinct. If such freedom forms the basis of human civilization, then we create a civilization of instinct; an unsustainable civilization.’

Today we are witnessing the distortion of human life associated with a false understanding of freedom. People are hoping to be convinced that they should themselves determine the moral postulates of life. Moral relativism imposed on modern society becomes the cause of many phenomena unacceptable for the believer, such as same-sex ‘marriages’, prostitution, abortion and euthanasia. The concept of sin is banished from such a system of values.

If morality becomes relative, freedom turns into permissiveness, because only morality is able to restrict and guide the individual, with his free will, towards good. There is no neutral freedom: there is either freedom from sin or freedom to sin.

The First Hierarch of the Russian Church sets out in this book the thesis of the absolute nature of moral values laid down by God in human nature. He states that it is from the religious tradition – in the Divine Commandments – that man is called to draw ideas of morality; a morality that reflects the highest value of human personality.

We hope this book will contribute to discussions of the relationship between freedom and responsibility in human life. The ideas forming the basis of the writings by Patriarch Kirill can be the subject of an intellectual dialogue among theologians, philosophers, public figures, politicians and ordinary believers around the world.

  • Персоны

Editor-in-Chief: Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk

Translations by Deacons Michael Lomax, Basil Bush and the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate

Production manager: Igor Lapshin

Cover photo: Patriarchal Press Service

Design and pagination: Alexei Sirvatko

Foreword by the publishers

1987

  • A common approach to Church unity and the renewal of mankind (Paper given at the 1st International Theological Seminar ‘Toward a Theology of the World’, Budapest, December 14-18, 1987)

1999

  • The contemporary environment: Liberalism, traditionalism and the moral values of a uniting Europe (Article in ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’, May 26, 1999)

2000

  • Religious faith as the source of social norms. Correlating traditional and liberal values in individual and societal choices (Address to the Theological Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church ‘Orthodox Theology at the Turn of the Third Millennium’, Moscow, February 7-9, 2000)

2002

  • Human diversity and global integration (Address to the opening session of the European Council of Religious Leaders, Oslo, November 11-12, 2002)

2004

  • Liberal ideology: a threat to peace and freedom (Published in ‘Tserkovny Vestnik’, No. 1-2 (278-279), January 2004)

2005

  • God’s plan for man and free will (Address to the International Theological Conference ‘Eschatological Teaching of the Church’, Moscow, November 14, 2005)
  • No freedom without moral responsibility (From a meeting with journalists from the ‘Literaturnaya Gazeta’, published in no. 45-46, November 2-8 2005)

2006

  • Human rights and moral responsibility (Address to the 10th World Russian People’s Council ‘Faith, Man, Land: Russia’s mission in the twenty-first century’, Moscow, April 4, 2006)
  • The Russian Orthodox Church and the Christian dimension of the problem of human rights and freedoms (Article published in the newspaper ‘Izvestia’, April 4, 2006)
  • ‘Giving a Soul to Europe’ (Opening address to an international conference ‘Giving a Soul to Europe – Mission and Responsibility of the Churches’, Vienna, May 3-5, 2006)
  • Human rights and their moral foundations in European religious communities (Presentation at the seminar ‘The Evolution of Moral Values and Human Rights in Multicultural Society’, Strasbourg, October 30, 2006)
  • The value of the human being as the bearer of the Image of God and his dignity (Address to the seminar ‘Faithfulness to Traditional Christian Values and Freedom of Conscience’, Moscow, December 20, 2006)

2007

  • Human rights and religious principles (Address to the regional meeting of the representatives of Christian churches and communities of the CIS countries and the Baltic States preparatory to the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly ‘Modern Europe: God, Man and Society. Human Rights and Moral Determination’, Moscow, February 27, 2007)
  • Inter-Civilizational Dialogue (Address to the seminar ‘Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations: a Bridge between Human Rights and Moral Values ’, Paris, March 13-14, 2007)
  • Inter-relationship of human rights and religious and cultural traditions (Address to the conference ‘Human Rights and National Identity’, Moscow, April 18, 2007)

2008

  • Human rights and intercultural dialogue (Speaking at a panel discussion ‘Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue’ at the 7th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 18, 2008)
  • The Russian Orthodox Church’s basic teaching on human dignity, freedom and rights (Report to the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow, June 26, 2008)

2009

  • Dangers of modern theology (From an address at the Kiev Pecherski Lavra to the bishops, clergy, monastics, laity, teachers and students of the Kiev Theological Academy, Kiev, July 29, 2009)
  • Freedom and moral sense – destruction of their inter-relationship (From the speech at the Jubilee Event marking the 200th anniversary of St. Petersburg Theological Academy, St. Petersburg, October 9, 2009)

2010

  • The Russian Church and European culture (Article in the magazine ‘Expert’, 2010. No. 4/690)
  • Protecting dignity, freedom and human rights. (Message at a meeting with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Moscow, October 13, 2010)

2011

  • Problems of today’s world (From the speech at the meeting with the members of the Global Leadership Group of the Davos World Economic Forum in Davos, Moscow, March 12, 2011)
  • Living according to conscience and truth (From the address at the Easter reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Moscow, April 28, 2011)
  • Human rights and traditional values in Europe (Address at the meeting of the European Council of Religious Leaders ‘Human Rights and Traditional Values in Europe’, Moscow, June 21, 2011)
  • The crisis of contemporary secular morality (From an address to teaching staff and students of Balamand University (Lebanon), November 16, 2011)

2012

  • Spirituality, morality, law (From the speech at the round-table conference ‘Spirituality, Morality, Law’ at Moscow University of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Moscow, March 28, 2012)
  • Maintaining spiritual and moral purpose (From the speech at the 4th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Astana, May 30, 2012)

The book ‘Freedom and Responsibility: A Search for Harmony – Human Rights and Dignity’ by Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, was first published in 2008, when its author was Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kalingrad and Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department for External Church Relations. It was composed of articles and speeches that he had given up to that time on the subject of Human Rights and Dignity, as he and others sought to clarify and expound the Russian Orthodox Church’s distinctive stance in this area, ending with the approval by the Bishops’ Council and publication in 2008 of the text ‘The Russian Orthodox Church’s Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights.’

The book was translated into Spanish and German in 2009, the year in which its author became Patriarch. In 2010 it was published in Italian and Polish, followed by English, Arabic and Greek. 2012 brought translations into Estonian, Latvian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Chinese and Hebrew. To date, this book by the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church has been translated into sixteen languages.

Patriarch Kirill has lived through crucial, often tragic, pages of Russian history. He experienced the severity of the Soviet era and its godless regime. He played an active role in the revival of the Church after the end of the atheistic era, and made an enormous contribution to the development of inter-Orthodox, inter-Christian and inter-religious cooperation. He has visited more than a hundred countries around the world, worshiping and meeting with religious, political and public figures. The breadth of his experience of the church, and of social life, has contributed to His Holiness’ understanding of the fundamental notions of human freedom, responsibility and dignity. His thinking in this area constitutes the basis of this book, in which the primary idea is the connection between the individual’s freedom and his responsibility before God, society and himself. The responsibility imposed by freedom originates in the moral nature of man, not in his philosophical or political views. Moral nature remains unchanged as a constant given to us by the Creator. Accordingly, moral standards cannot be overwritten for today.

According to His Holiness, the book was written to say one thing: Freedom to sin is not freedom. During one of the presentations of his work, Patriarch Kirill, speaking about the doctrine of St. Paul on freedom, emphasized: ‘The freedom to sin turns humans into slaves of instinct. If such freedom forms the basis of human civilization, then we create a civilization of instinct; an unsustainable civilization.’

Today we are witnessing the distortion of human life associated with a false understanding of freedom. People are hoping to be convinced that they should themselves determine the moral postulates of life. Moral relativism imposed on modern society becomes the cause of many phenomena unacceptable for the believer, such as same-sex ‘marriages’, prostitution, abortion and euthanasia. The concept of sin is banished from such a system of values.

If morality becomes relative, freedom turns into permissiveness, because only morality is able to restrict and guide the individual, with his free will, towards good. There is no neutral freedom: there is either freedom from sin or freedom to sin.

The First Hierarch of the Russian Church sets out in this book the thesis of the absolute nature of moral values laid down by God in human nature. He states that it is from the religious tradition – in the Divine Commandments – that man is called to draw ideas of morality; a morality that reflects the highest value of human personality.

We hope this book will contribute to discussions of the relationship between freedom and responsibility in human life. The ideas forming the basis of the writings by Patriarch Kirill can be the subject of an intellectual dialogue among theologians, philosophers, public figures, politicians and ordinary believers around the world.

Editor-in-Chief: Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk

Translations by Deacons Michael Lomax, Basil Bush and the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate

Production manager: Igor Lapshin

Cover photo: Patriarchal Press Service

Design and pagination: Alexei Sirvatko

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