Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vocabulary Lesson

From CatholicCulture.org.  A vocabulary lesson.
ACTIVISM

Preoccupation with activity instead of mental reflection. As a philosophical theory, it emphasizes the active character of the mind. The principal value of thinking is to serve man and society outside the mind. Activism is part of the philosophy of Marxism-Leninism, which holds that the main purpose of thought is not to discover and contemplate the truth but to change reality, especially social reality, in the world.
As a person who wishes the world (myself included!) would engage in a lot more mental reflection than it does, this speaks to me. 

Christians would do well to study the history of how Marxism has been cloaked in 'Christian works' in the last half-century.  It calls to mind CS Lewis and "The Screwtape Letters."
The real trouble about the set your patient is living in is that it is merely Chrisitan. They all have individual interests, of course, but the bond remains mere Christinaity. What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call “Christianity And”. You know — Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian colouring.

Activism.  Christianity And.

Sorry.  Am I sounding too jaded?

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