By Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson, preferrred Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the fascinating 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 in addition that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to encourage Christians to paintings towards making a civilization of affection. In the sort of civilization every body is a toddler of God. we're all intrinsically useful. The conflict at the present time is among the tradition of dying (where individuals are judged by means of their social or financial worth) and the tradition of lifestyles. Anderson pushes apart non secular alterations with the intention to unfold a message of desire to those that are weary of the consistent turmoil of contemporary society. whereas he does in particular problem Christians to take an energetic function of their religion, you don't have to be a Christian to take part within the circulate 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 sleek society, Christians can swap the tone and path of our tradition. Anderson demonstrates that despite our changes, we will be able to come jointly at the centrality of loving and taking care of others. He brings a message of inclusion and desire in the course of a conflict of civilizations and gives a highway map for supporting Christians comprehend their function on the earth.
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12 The traditional Christian view—that human beings are endowed with immortal souls and are able through reason to understand certain eternal truths about God and the universe—is dismissed as childish fantasy. When God is doubted, every tenet of Christianity either must be able to be explained with natural reasons or must be discounted as false—every tenet, including love. For Freud, the Christian way of life and especially what John Paul II would later describe as the vocation to love is irrational.
He draws our attention to a passage from Gaudium et Spes: “Human nature, by the very fact that it was assumed, not absorbed, in [Christ], has been raised in us also to a dignity beyond compare. ”17 (Emphasis Pope John Paul II’s own in his encyclical) This “unity” calls each Christian to recognize in a more profound way the dramatic equality of every human being. Among the most powerful passages of Redemptor Hominis are those in which the pope speaks to the condition of the modern world, including the issue of freedom.
Think back to three other times in your life when you genuinely showed love for someone else. What were the occasions? What did it feel like? How does this compare to the times when you felt loved? 3 Craftsmen of a New Humanity On January 17, 2004, a concert unique in the history of music was performed at the Vatican. Called the Papal Concert of Reconciliation, it was an event created to inspire unity among the great Abrahamic faiths—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—and the audience included not only Pope John Paul II but the chief rabbi and the imam of Rome.
A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World by Carl Anderson