Would today’s Christianity have been able to build a society?

Many are those who want to take part in the glory of and praises the Christianity that made our civilization. But how many are really willing to take part in the Christianity that built our society; a society we now find on its way to the sickbed?

Carl Rudbeck, a literary and writer, writes in a chronicle of Smedjan (”All religions are not as good”, 03-06-2017 [In Swedish]) on the relationship between Christianity and society. His text raises the question whether today’s Christianity could have made a civilization?

Rudbeck assumes the concept of truth: ”Christianity and Islam have long been combating each other. They can’t be combined. But the theologians who speak clearly are rare. Both religions may well be false but both can’t be true.”

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He’s right. Both can’t be true. It is like that with the truth. Either something is true or it’s not true. About this and about the consequences of relativism we have previously written here on Gammankatolsk idédebatt. Rudbeck further claims that Christianity is the better option. Not least in creating societies:

”The truth in the religious dogma seems to be about as high or low, but what can be compared is the social, moral and political consequences of different religions. Here, it seems to me that Christianity strikes other religions. In short, Christianity has created better societies than other religions have succeeded in doing.”

Now, that very Christian faith and teaching that brought with it the social, moral and political consequences that Rudbeck believes is superior, must have been so profound that it was held true. Otherwise, these social, moral and political progress had never been made. And the foundation of the Christian tradition is just that: it is truth revelated.

Rudbeck then takes on liberalism which ”launched a critical thinking that led to renaissance and enlightenment – and paradoxically to the secularized society.” It seems though that he does not see the problem at all in the fact that the Christianity he believes is the foundation of our society, was given less and less space with the enlightenment to become, for the ”secular society”, committed to the sphere of private religion. Rudbeck thus contributes to pulling away the carpet for future generations.

But he saw just that criticism coming. Therefore, he is making sure to diagnose those who claim that the solution for today’s problems is found in the original quelle – that is, in the cradle of Christianity; In the undivided Church. Rudbeck writes:

”The Christian thinker who believes that the solution to today’s problem would be to go back to the world of early Christianity, rightly would be stamped as crazy.”

A fool for Christ: ”Sant Basil The Prayer” (Sergei Kirillov).

Well, Carl Rudbeck; I’m here! Do you mean I’m crazy? I would admit to being a fool (cf. ”fool for Christ”) in relation to the postmodern, relativistic and more morbid society in which we live. But I seriously believe that we must find our way back to the Christianity that once formed our civilization. We have to go back to the source!

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The question is, therefore, if today’s Christianity; the adaptable, watered, unrecognizable interpreted and worldly orchestrated could really build a civilization? Could it have stood up against the Turks in Vienna in 1683? Can it hit the devil’s cunning and dazzling today? Would anyone be prepared to die for modern Christianity?

It was not the name ”Christian” who built civilization but rather the content; the faith and teaching that people were prepared to sacrifice their lives for and that once made it all possible. And the well-proven is still possible.

Franciskus Urban

This is a translation of a piece published here in Swedish on July 5th


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