The Idea of a Secular Society: And Its Significance for Christians

The Idea of a Secular Society: And Its Significance for Christians

The Idea of a Secular Society: And Its Significance for Christians

The Idea of a Secular Society: And Its Significance for Christians

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Though the Christian Church has always stood for human values, it has not always seemed so to its critics, and in part they have been right. The way in which the Church has asserted human values has often seemed to deny them, and sometimes it has. At other times, it has been the Church's opponents who have failed to see how fundamental was the Church's stand. There has been a real conflict about the nature of these human values, a disagreement about what man really is. We cannot expect that those who believe that man and all the world around him are in the last resort entirely dependent on the God who made them, keeps them in existence, and redeems them, will see things in entirely the same perspective as those who believe none of these things. But the remarkable thing is how much agreement there is between the Christian view and the humanism of the West, in its modern secular form.

However much disagreement there may be about the actual Christian understanding of man, there should be none that the Christian faith in principle has always expressed its concern for man and all his works. One manifestation of this has been the development of the parochial system with the representative of Christ's Body, the persona, in each group of men. It has often . . .

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