The Return of Christendom

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 146 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1922 Excerpt: ... SYNOPSIS I. In the world of to-day the idea of Christendom is obliterated: it is even absent from the teaching of the Church. It has been rendered incomprehensible by 1. the subjection of the community to capitalist Industrialism, 2. the distortion of property by plutocracy. These processes are not fortuitous in their origin; they arose because the mediaeval standards of Vocation and Fraternity had been destroyed. Processes of their decay indicated. Industrialism testifies "sacramentally" to the moral hideousness of capitalism. Plutocracy degrades property from a means of livelihood and service into an instrument of avarice. The worship of gain becomes a religion; its denial and frustration of Christian ideals and claims. II. The Church, however, has not yet revealed herself as the enemy of plutocracy. But the opportunity to do so may not much longer remain open to her; for the capitalist system is threatening to collapse from its inherent rottenness. The War--and the seeming inevitability of further world-wars--has shattered the myth of a beneficient Progress; shattered the stability of international capitalism; shattered the belief in the purely political and disinterested character of the State by disclosing the interdependence of plutocracy and State-power. All these effects of the War have been confirmed by the nature of the "Peace." Finally, the result has been shattering to the complacency of thousands: this is not necessarily a bad thing, and may even prove a unique opportunity. Since if plutocracy's dominion holds so little promise, an alternative to it must be sought out and pursued. Hence men will turn naturally to those who already challenge capitalism--the forces of "Labour." III. The stability of capitalism is not only impaired by its inherent...

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