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A Prelude to a Christian Post-Modernism

Essay By: Pater Profundus
Religion and spirituality


Introductory studies trying to find a position for Christianity in the Post-Modern world-view


Submitted:Oct 28, 2012    Reads: 8    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


The 21st century offers us a vivid view of a world where the existence of an absolute truth is not accepted or neglected. The truths, we once know may be questioned. The facts, we cling to might end up obsolete. This century does not care for absolute truths anymore. The rise of relativism and power manipulation lies in the failure of socialism to bring about reform; it should have made back in the last century. The development of capitalism from simple movement of capital, labour, and currency to the globalized economic politics gave rise to complicated power manipulations. It's not about the exploitation of a microcosmic community of labourers and the monopolization of capital in a certain company; but the game rose into a world war of economics and the addition of debt and credit fluctuations complicated economics from simple capital over labour equation to global economic politics of manipulation.

This altered the humanpsycheand unleashed his savagery hidden in the unconscious impressed in the genetic make-up of human beings inherited from the first steps of the first man. Is this the problem? If we ask the question: "should this be condemned," do we solve the problem or do we feed oil to the fire? Secularism and liberalism, especially the rising materialism of economics are not the enemies of faith. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus confronts the rich man. In Mk 10: 18ff, Jesus repeats the old laws of Moses to the rich man and in verse 21 he asks him to give everything and in some bits of humour Jesus remarks the difficulty of the rich to get into the kingdom of God. In this seemingly call for asceticism; the evangelist Mark stresses the words of Jesus' views on materialism. This view should not be taken as afuga mundifrom the material abundance of the world. The world as the Book of Genesis says is for the development of man and animals alike.[1] The connaturality between man and matter is manifested in the inherent character of man's body. Dealing with the 21st century, economic community is simple. We have the necessary instruments for lightning fast communication and the means to travel from one place after another at unbelievable speeds. This gospel account challenges us to view our riches as sole properties bartered and traded at global rates but as a communal gift of God for the development of mankind and history.

The following verses record Christ's challenge for witnessing. If we view society from a hierarchical structure, power becomes a step by step process of ascendency and a reciprocal descendency. There would be people who would find themselves in the bottom of the pool of power. People will find themselves climbing the hierarchical stairs in the process; they would lose their own humanity. How then should we view our own faith and religiosity in the 21st century? Do we have to return to the medieval power structure and wear the Papal tiara symbolizing blind obedience? The debacle of the church seen by all her critics is brought not by external forces we call the "post-modern problem" and the "glorification of relativism;" but brought about by own doing. Our neglect to acknowledge of history's advancement without the church has made us stagnant. Our methods are soon becoming obsolete. For that reason,Gaudium et Speschallenges us to a re-vitalized presentation of the church's teaching.[2]

We do not live in the medieval era where non-concordance with the church is punishable by death. Today everyone can agree or disagree with us. This reality challenges us to view our religion not anymore as the true religion above all religions, but as a perspective. This perspective is the perspective of love. A perspective that does not possess a logical conclusion and convinces the brain to believe in its justification, no; this perspective should sink right into the heart. The heart that lies hidden in the human person. What then should it consist? How does this love manifest itself? You don't have to go to Africa or the poorest of slum areas of Manila; but in everyday existence of love and respect. From the micro to the macro, this perspective goes to our social life. It might not be the best of the best of all perspectives; but it is the most human and central to the teachings of Christ.

[1] Gn 1: 4 (NAB)

[2] Gaudium et Spes, 29.





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