Pro Vita Monastica: An Essay in Defence of the Contemplative Virtures

Pro Vita Monastica: An Essay in Defence of the Contemplative Virtures

Pro Vita Monastica: An Essay in Defence of the Contemplative Virtures

Pro Vita Monastica: An Essay in Defence of the Contemplative Virtures

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IT is common for persons who may be classed as indifferent concerning religious matters, to find fault with current Christianity, at least as it shows itself in Protestant churches, to speak slightingly of it, saying that Christianity has lost its hold upon the people, does not lead in matters of conduct nor in ideal purposes, does not produce any radiant personalities or examples of heroic self-sacrifice, does not persuade people that its conceptions of truth concerning the ultimate ends and meaning of life can be of any significance to them, does not help in the solution of social problems -- in short, that Christianity has become a laggard, a tagger-on to society, a hindrance to freedom of thought and action, serving as an excuse for self-content to those who find themselves well off in the existing state of things and are really unconcerned about the soul.

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