Prague Writers’ Festival examines powerful human emotion: fear

The 25th Prague Writers’ Festival, which brings together prominent writers and thinkers from around the world, will address a particularly hot topic this year – fear : fear to know oneself, fear of occupation, fear of change. On the eve of the festival (November 6-9) Miroslav Krupička spoke to its president Michael March about the main theme and this year’s participants.

“Fear is ever-present.

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The Emergence of the West

When in November 1437 a delegation of some 700 Byzantine dignitaries headed by the emperor and the patriarch left Constantinople for the Concilium of Ferrara-Florence, everyone knew that the theological disputes that had led to the Schism would not be easily resolved. There was no way that the Orthodox world would be convinced about the noble intensions of the Catholics since 1204 was still fresh in memory and the Franks were known to be oppressive wherever they settled. Continue reading “The Emergence of the West”