Advocates of Christianity face a pecular problem today in addressing modern men. It involves finding avenues into a public mentality that is at the same time both more informed and less informed.
The condition is no mere paradox. It seems to me to be the main present-day hurdle for the Church.
Christianity is up against a wall compounded of intellectual wealth and poverty, of prodigious information and huge superficiality, both characteristics existing side-by-side and both demanding consideration if the Church’s word is to get through intelligibly. Sometimes, it seems to me, we don’t pay sufficient heed to either.
We live in an environment that is far more versed in natural data than ever before but which is conversely lacking in religious cultivation. I am referring here not to the often cited imbalance in material and spiritual development, but simply to an imbalance in kinds of general knowledge.
Most Americans have taken in a varied curriculum, but little adult catechism. They’re keen on the encyclopedia, but not on theology. If, in these circumstances, the Christian voice is to ring clear, it needs to speak in terms that are currently distinct to make plain those that are not.
The inner light must be conveyed in the context of the outer glare. This means not that the outer glare is bad, but simply that it exists. Much of it is good. In any case, it is the atmosphere in which we live and in which the Church must function, either coping with it or failing to do so.
The Lore And Lingo Of Our Times
Our society is full of knowledge about many things. It is schooled, sophisticated, critical, sharp. It has grown up in the arts, sciences, and letters, at least on our sector of the planet. It is loaded with the latest psychological, ...1
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