“The Power of the Powerless”

“Vaclav Havel, who died in 2011, preached what he called “antipolitical politics,” the essence of which he described as “living in truth.” His most famous and thorough statement of this was a long 1978 essay titled “The Power of the Powerless,” which electrified the Eastern European resistance movements when it first appeared. It is a remarkable document, one that bears careful study and reflection bt orthodox Christians in the West today.” (p. 107)

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“He saw no possibility for collaboration with the Communists, but he also rejected quietism, considering it a failure to display proper Christian concern for justice, charity, and bearing evangelical witness to Christ in the public square . . . Havel’s injunction to “live in truth” could only mean one thing: to live as a Christian in community.” (p. 108)

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“Your church may be killing itself and have no idea what it’s doing. Everything may look fine on the surface, but deep down a cancer could be silently metastasizing in its bones, whose fragility will become painfully clear when put to the test.” (p. 115)

From “The Benedict Option” by Rod Dreher

The Power of the Powerless