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Author QuotedChristopher Dawson
Title QuotedHistoric Reality of Christian Culture: A Way to the Renewal of Human Life
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/07/21
ImprintNew York : Harper Torchbook. 1960
QuotationI agree with these propositions in C[hristopher] Dawson's excellent book, The Historic Reality of Christian Culture [New York, 1960]. "Christians stand to gain more in the long run by accepting their minority position and looking for quality rather than quantity." Importance of religious education, especially Christian university education. For - a) Recovery of the rich Christian cultural inheritance (I would add all religious wisdom). b) Communication of this to a sub-religious or neo-pagan world. That these sub-rational and rational (cultural) levels of social life need to be coordinated and brought to a force in spiritual experience which transcends them both and is lacking in secularist culture (see esp. pp. 92-93). Recovery of spiritual vision is the real task of Xtian education
Quotation SourceTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 143
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