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Celebrating the Righteousness that is Christ, in His New Name (Rev 2:17, 3:12) and how His coming, or "Return", May 23, 1844 is influencing current events and political dynamics around the world today and in the future.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

One Common Faith: 2

This posture (humanity has solved, through rational experimentation and discourse all basic issues related to human governance and development) was reinforced by the assumption that the values, ideals and disciplines cultivated over the centuries were now reliably fixed and enduring features of human nature. They needed merely to be refined by education and reinforced by legislative action.

The moral legacy of the past was just that: humanity's indefeasible inheritance, requiring no further religious interventions. Admittedly, undisciplined individuals, groups or even NATIONS would continue to threaten the stability of the social order and call for correction. The universal civilization towards the realization of which all the forces of history had been bearing the human race, however, was irresistibly emerging, inspired by secular conceptions of reality. People's happiness would be the natural result of better health, better food, better education, better living conditions--- and the attainment of these unquestionably desirable goals now seemed to be within the reach of a society single-mindedly focused on their pursuit.

Throughout that part of the world where the vast majority of the earth's population live, facile announcements that "God is Dead" had passed largely unnoticed (comments by Art V). The experience of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific had long confirmed them in the view not only that human nature is deeply influenced by spiritual forces, but that its very identity is spiritual.

Consequently, religion continued, as had always been the case, to function as the ultimate authority in life. These convictions, while not directly confronted by the ideological revolution taking place in the West, were effectively marginalized by it, insofar as interaction among peoples and nations was concerned. Having penetrated and captured all significant centres of power and information at the global level, dogmatic materialism ensured that no compteting voices would retain the ability to challenge projects of world wide econimic exploitation.

To the cultural damage inflicted already by two centuries of colonial rule was added an agonizing dysjunction between the inner and outer experience of the masses affected, a condition invading virtually all aspects of life.

Helpless to exercise any real influence over the shaping of their futures or even to preserve the moral well-being of their children, these populations were plunged into a crisis different from but in many ways even more devastating (cf. Art V) than the one gathering momentum in Europe and America. Although retaining its central role in consciousness, faith appeared impotent to influence the course of events.

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