Sunday, December 2, 2007

Preserving the Christian Culture

Material culture and with it art, calendar and with it ritual, grammar and with it language, particularly the language of the Bible—these are only three of many examples (monasticism would be another) that could be brought forth to exemplify the thick texture of Christian culture, the fullness of life in the community that is Christ’s form in the world.

Nothing is more urgent today than the survival of Christian culture. Yet in the last generations this culture has become dangerously thin. At this moment in the Church’s history in this country (and in the west) it is less pressing to try and convince the alternate culture in which we live of the truth of Christ than for the Church to tell its own story and nurture its own life, the culture of the city of God, the Christian republic. This is not going to happen without a rebirth of moral and spiritual discipline and a resolute effort on the part of Christians to defend the remnants of Christian culture.

Robert Wilken, "Amo, Amas, Amat: Christianity and Culture"
Hat tip to Crossroads NYC.

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