“Papadiamantis in our times”
On the occasion of the Orthodox Christian Book Exhibition of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu in collaboration with EN PLO publications, an event took place on Thursday afternoon, March 15, 2018, in the Spiritual Centre on the following subject: “Papadiamantis in our times” with main speaker Mr. Dimitris Mavropoulos, theologian- author, responsible of “DOMOS” publications and publisher of the Papers of Papadiamantis. Protopresbyter Father Themistoklis Mourtzanos, General Prelatic Warden of the Holy Metropolis of Corfu talked about Mr. Mavropoulos’ work.
Mr. Mavropoulos mentioned that Papadiamantis remains modern, because he gave answers to what we call the axes of life, where we come from and where we are going to. The answers to these questions arise first of all from humans’ relationship with God, humans’ thirst to relate to their fellow people, but also humans’ relationship to the environment.
In his works, Papadiamantis does not give answers but gives us hints, inviting us all in a dialogue. He follows the method of writing based on people and things, without writing ideas or philosophies. Through people, he allows us to be able to understand exactly what the truth is.
One of the questions, Mr. Mavropoulos put in his speech was the question: “where is the state of sin”, stressing that this stems from when humans’ minds “becomes bigger” when humans see themselves as Gods, when they take over more than the ones allowed to them. Essentially, in this situation, humans become abusers of God and arrogant. On the other hand, the spiritual law always works in life. The great problem of our times, as was the problem of Papadiamantis’ time, is the conscious effort on the part of the intellectuals, as well as politics, to change the holiness and the colour of religion in the education of the Greeks.
In this wat, they have tried and continue to attempt to erase Christ and tradition. Papadiamantis points out that Greeks cannot be atheists or cosmopolitan. Europeans, English or German can be, since they belong to the western world. On the contrary, Greeks must remain Christians and we cannot abandon the authenticity of our tradition. This is why our times are, in fact, times of particular concern, because we find that today unfortunately, this way of thinking continues.
Finally, Mr. Mavropoulos stressed the need to return to the Church. Papadiamantis’ God is the God of our Faith, God full of pity, full of mercy, the Mighty God. Consequently, our identity comes from the future, Sanctification, Kingdom of Heaven. This is the purpose of the life of people, especially the Greeks. So today, we need to study and meet again with Papadiamantis and all the other writers who have shaped out identity, so we can get back to the meaning of our lives.
The book exhibition runs daily from 10 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm.