The Resurrection in a “World Come of Age”

“Evolution or revolution?” That is the question our age seems to put to human society; those are the alternatives with which it confronts the Church. The churches must decide which side to support: gradual, evolutionary, non-violent progress or revolution.

That so many of us in the churches, even among the supposedly evangelical remnant, accept this pair of alternatives as the crucial choice shows the extent to which the churches have been conformed to the world, or are even, in the words of Jacques Maritain, on their knees in front of the world. In two thousand years of church history, Christians have often knelt down before the world, but not until recent decades did theologians begin to tell them that by so doing they fulfill the will of God. The evolution-revolution alternative, like so many of the questions put to Christians today, is not a true choice, at least not for the Christian, because both sides are drawn from the world’s set of values and neither faces the much more important question, “What is the chief end of man?” Both assume it to be progress (= going forward), but neither can answer the question “Which way is forward?” except in terms of what the world agrees to call good.

The Christian And The World

“Love not the world,” warns the Apostle John, “neither the things that are in the world” (1 John 2:15). Apparently a major segment of Christ’s followers, particularly the more spiritually minded, have taken this warning seriously, for the history of Christianity is marked by many movements of withdrawal and separation from the world. Sometimes the separation has been external and physical, ...

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