Thursday, January 25, 2007

Liberal christianity* does not work
Follows up on things Arturo and I have written recently. Some readers — Tripp? Jorge? — may detect some overgeneralisations but Fr Jonathan Tobias’ main points are worth reading.

‘...the gravitational mass toward which all Protestantism tends.’
‘...“co-terminous” with western culture’ like Catholicism used to be. A counterfeit.
• Belief in a ‘Higher Power’, which he seems to criticise, is true as far as it goes. I’ve told people about to turn their backs on God completely to pray the Our Father and/or the Serenity Prayer (‘grant me serenity to accept what I can’t change, courage to change what I can and the wisdom to know the difference’) and know that you depend on a Higher Power. But it’s not the most we can know about him.
‘...mere ethics — as isolated from Apostolic Dogma — has no power to change behaviour.’

Ending this year’s church-reunion octave:
GOD, who through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world : grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful Conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
*His capitalisation: secular humanism or political correctness as christianity, that is, Christianity without Christ, ex-Christianity.

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