By Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson, ideally suited Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the intriguing and history-changing principles of Pope John Paul II in A Civilization of affection . by means of popularizing not just John Paul's imaginative and prescient but additionally that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to motivate Christians to paintings towards making a civilization of affection. In the sort of civilization each person is a baby of God. we're all intrinsically precious. The conflict this present day is among the tradition of demise (where everyone is judged by way of their social or fiscal price) and the tradition of existence. Anderson pushes apart spiritual adjustments with a purpose to unfold a message of wish to those that are weary of the consistent turmoil of contemporary society. whereas he does particularly problem Christians to take an lively function of their religion, you don't have to be a Christian to take part within the flow towards a civilization of affection.
through embracing the tradition of existence and status with these such a lot marginalized and deemed ''useless'' or a ''burden'' on smooth society, Christians can switch the tone and course of our tradition. Anderson demonstrates that despite our modifications, we will come jointly at the centrality of loving and taking good care of others. He brings a message of inclusion and desire in the middle of a conflict of civilizations and offers a street map for supporting Christians comprehend their position on the planet.
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Extra resources for A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World
So love in some mysterious fashion both separates and connects two individual selves. It separates the two because it does not seek to engulf them or destroy them as separate entities. It connects them because, by their very nature, they are directed toward another person in a way that enables them to have a loving relationship with each other. And this relationship is fundamentally good. It is satisfying and pleasing and joyful for both. Thus we might say that the “structure” of human existence is love, given to us in the very form of creation by the God who is love.
But Christianity differs from these views in one fundamental sense: it teaches that this Higher Power is ultimately personal. God is not an impersonal force like magnetism or electricity. God is in some ineffable way like us as persons and relates to us as persons. 4 It is this “image” and “likeness” that, in a sense, provides a frame of reference that makes possible some understanding of the divine mystery and permits a “personal” relationship with God. In Christianity, God is revealed to exist in a mysterious unity of Three Persons, whose mutual relationship is love.
Culture is also influenced by what millions of people do every day in their own lives and those of their families and neighbors. Interestingly, Eliot concluded his discussion on culture with an examination of education, which he found had among its purposes both the “formation of character” of the student and the transmission of culture. Indeed, it is precisely through the transmission of culture that the student’s character is largely formed. If the nexus between the individual, the religious community, and society as a whole is broken, the entire culture runs the risk of withering and dying.
A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World by Carl Anderson