Christian: Its meanings in an age of future shock by Malcolm Boyd

By Malcolm Boyd

The which means of being a Christian in an age of destiny surprise.

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There's very little chance this will happen. The fact that it didn't work out before doesn't mean that it could not. " What, if anything, was happening among Israelis in the sense of developing an inner spirituality? "There is a religious revival of sorts," Elon replied. "Buber has made a comeback among youngsters. Many people say 'Look, we're living without any faith. ' There is some diffuse longing for spiritual values and moral truth. These people believe in God, but not in any organized God.

The key to peace in Jerusalem can appear, on the surface, to be simply the question of sovereignty. This is deceptive. Peace rests far more deeply on the interaction of peoples. It has to be based on the subtle connections between vast social issues and small details of daily life, the pragmatic needs of Jerusalem's neighborhoods, and the ranging designs of world powers. "The only city that may be compared to Jerusalem is Montreal," Mayor Teddy Kollek said. "There you have Frenchmen and Englishmen, and neither intends to become the other.

Most Israelis whom I met embraced a cause for human survival itself. It was a cause rooted in biblical history, Christian persecution, the Holocaust, and "the resurrection" of the State of Israel. The cause was clearly marked by a never-ending questioning about religion and everything else, an obdurate refusal to bow down before symbols of religious or secular power, and a vestigial awareness of the Holy One—however undefined. I was certainly more conscious than I had been elsewhere of Jesus' Jewishness, the rituals he knew, and the background out of which he emerged.

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