Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Christianity in Community

"...Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political programme for applying "Do as you would be done by" to a particular society at a particular moment. It could not have. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular programme which suited one place or time would not suit another. And, anyhow, that is not how Christianity works. When it tells you to feed the hungry, it does not give you lessons in cookery. When it tells you to read the Scriptures, it does not give you lessons in Hebrew and Greek, or even English grammar. It was never intended to replece or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director that will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal."

--C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book III, Chapter 3, "Social Morality"

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