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Rebuilding Civilization

This is from a Roman Catholic perspective, but the suggestions are sound. Anthony Esolen “surveys the ruins” of American culture and offers ideas for rebuilding. He doesn’t say one way or another, but I would add that what he suggests should not be the task of institutional churches, but rather Christian citizens in society. Here are his suggestions:

  1. Build new schools, reform old schools, and abandon irreformable ones. In particular, he urges Chrsitians to get their children out of “the sub-pagan schools.”
  2. Restore your parish church and bring reverence back to the liturgy. This is the one suggestion for which local churches have a role, and in following his advice here, churches equip their people to be active in society.
  3. Acquaint yourself with the proper use of the zipper, by which he condemns the fact that more often than not Christians are just as sexually immoral as their pagan counterparts.
  4. Be social. By this he means that Christians shouldn’t be enclaved in churches only but should be in society doing good for their neighbors. Here again I would add that this is the job of Christians, not institutional churches, and it actually requires that churches limit the number of “programs” with which they take up all their people’s time, money, and energy.
  5. Read good books. Enough said.
  6. Recover the human things.
  7. Pray like the pilgrim you are.
  8. Whatever you do, do it as if everything depends on just that.

Source: From the Ruins: Rebuilding Civilization – The Imaginative Conservative

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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