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- Publisher: Acton Institute (December 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2015
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Christ and Crisis (Orthodox Christian Social Thought Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Though many today might find the references to totalitarian regimes and the general landscape of the geopolitical realities of the time, to which we can simply substitute those with uncomfortably similar references from the issues we wrestle with in this present day.
This is the reality of a claim he repeatedly asserts and implies that humankind, for all its advances on the human level, still doesn't know its creator, or live by His will, any better than it did when we fell from grace.
It's that notion that makes this work to be republished today so timely, yet timeless. Humans have not changed, and indeed cannot change, or make changes for the better, until they realize the centrality of Christ in all of existence. This has been desire of God from the beginning.
In that time of its original publication, 1962, we, in America, were in the midst of "the Cold War", the Vietnam conflict had not escalated into the "police action" it would become,and the civil rights movement was in its earliest stages.
In American and other western economies, it seemed that traditional Judeo-Christian ideology was beginning to lose its presumed innocence and its sense of stability was being eroded by its own deficiencies.
Charles Malik writes this book, in that social environment, to remind its readers the importance of recognizing the highest authority of all humanity, which is the incarnate son of the living God, Jesus Christ, whatever the current political-cultural environment may be. This is what is meant by word "crisis" in the title and the book as the author explains in his opening arguments.
This, then sets the tone for the overall thrust of the book which is addressing and dealing with the dissonance that exists between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. In that regard, the sixth chapter, "the burden of the Christian", is pivotal.
The author urges us to grapple with the very tenuous grip we have our understanding of the things of this world and the absolute need for guidance in our lives at a very deep spiritual level.
Especially in these days very the boundaries between religion, spirituality, economic justice, and policy are often severely blurred.
How can a Christian maintain faith and glorify God in a world that seem to prefer that those lines remain blurred, if not blurred even more?
It's also important to acknowledge the authors call for Christian unity in such a way that echoes C.S.Lewis's a similar idea in his work "Mere Christianity" that true unity is found not in blind compromise in "Non-Essentials" but in, rather, the essential principles of a higher authority.
This is ecumenism in is truest and best form.
As I was reading, l was struck by the thought of how I'm reading this book, having grown up in the sixties and seventies, on the "before" side of the timeline of the events that shaped the authors thesis, and those, of a younger generation on the "after" side, after the turbulence and change from those times, How would they read this book?
Perhaps the answer lies partly in how faith and religion is considered today.
In the profound biographical introduction for this new edition, written by his son, Habib Malik, there is an observation from the author's life that should impact all who read this small, but immense book, and that is that Charles Malik, the Statesmen, diplomat, churchman, advisor to heads of state and the United Nations, was never without two things within reach; his Bible and his journal.
It was a practice that kept the purpose of the authors life.
While many of us would keep a journal, have many of us would approach Gods unchanging word as to make part of our daily routine?
If the result would have us see things as Charles Malik did, maybe it should.