March 3, 2011

Polish Film Director: "The Modern World Needs Orthodoxy"

March 3, 2011

Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi believes Christianity is the future of human civilization.

"It seems to me that it is the future of humanity, as thanks to Christianity we experience a rise of civilization and culture. Technical and scientific achievements of modern humanity is in many respects a product of Christian civilization," he said in his interview with the NG-Religii paper.

According to him, such liberation of a person that is offered in Christianity "where a person is God's child, gives courage and many fresh innovations."

"It gives courage to individual thinking. Thus, I believe that the future is in Christianity," Zanussi, who is also member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said.

He confessed that he is keen on Russian Orthodoxy.

"I am interested in the history of Europe that originated from the Byzantine tradition. It seems to me that the modern world needs Orthodoxy: it is an important addition to worldviews. Western Europe has isolated itself and without this Eastern "lungs" it won't be able to breathe fully, easily and freely," the film director is convinced.

According to him, Orthodoxy helps him understand such things in the Gospels "that are not so forcefully expressed in Catholicism."

"The basis of holiness, the veneration of saints is much developed in Orthodoxy, both Greek and Russian. We, Catholics, also have a basis in holiness and Christian mysticism in the Western Europe, but in Orthodoxy it is more pronounced. It's interesting to me," Zanussi said.