Talk:Essay:The Coming Fifth Great Awakening in America
Tremendous essay, Addison. May others (such as myself) add to it?--Andy Schlafly 21:42, 3 February 2009 (EST)
- I welcome contributions, BUT: First I want to make some functional changes, AND I'd prefer that content added by other editors be visibly added, as in not changing the wording or message of what I have said. I am still adding substantial parts, and am not ready for additions yet. AddisonDM 22:25, 3 February 2009 (EST)
- OK, sounds great. I've added this fine entry to my "Watch this page" list.--Andy Schlafly 23:15, 3 February 2009 (EST)
A Very Impressive Essay
I just wanted to compliment you, Addison, by saying that this is one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive essays I've ever read on CP. I don't agree with everything in it, but I don't need to in order to thank you for raising the bar of quality for essays here. This is the kind of content this project needs more of, and if there was ever a Main Page section for "Essay of the Month" this should be the frontrunner. Keep up the great (not just good) work. --DinsdaleP 11:27, 2 March 2009 (EST)
- Thank you! AddisonDM 16:09, 2 March 2009 (EST)
“We have set our hope on the living God” (1 Tim 4:10)
Good contribution, Addison! Your message is really about Hope. Hope is the gift God brought to each of us, in and through his Son, Jesus Christ. You posted you are still working on this, so you might want to consider Holy Father's words I placed below, and linked to.
As we wait in hope, Holy Father, Benedict XVI, recently had this to say in his message about World Youth Day:
|“|| Experience shows that personal qualities and material goods are not enough to guarantee the hope which the human spirit is constantly seeking. As I wrote in the Encyclical Spe Salvi, politics, science, technology, economics and all other material resources are not of themselves sufficient to provide the great hope to which we all aspire. This hope “can only be God, who encompasses the whole of reality and who can bestow upon us what we, by ourselves, cannot attain”. This is why one of the main consequences of ignoring God is the evident loss of direction that marks our societies, resulting in loneliness and violence, discontent and loss of confidence that can often lead to despair. The word of God issues a warning that is loud and clear: “Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when relief comes” (Jer 17:5-6).
If you find your sustenance in Christ, my dear young people, and if you live profoundly in him as did the Apostle Paul, you will not be able to resist speaking about him and making him known and loved by many of your friends and contemporaries. Be his faithful disciples, and in that way you will be able to help form Christian communities that are filled with love, like those described in the Acts of the Apostles. The Church depends on you for this demanding mission. Do not be discouraged by the difficulties and trials you encounter. Be patient and persevering so as to overcome the natural youthful tendency to rush ahead and to want everything immediately.
- Thanks! Great quote, I'll see if I can work it in somewhere. AddisonDM 09:27, 29 March 2009 (EDT)
Winning and losing lifestyles
I will concentrate here on what sort of preaching I believe would work best:
The secular lifestyle, with its debauchery, is a losing proposition, and a loser's proposition.
The Gospel proposes a winning method for life.
Consider: What does sin mean? From the article (Sin (Fundamentalism)) that I wrote: sin is a missing of the mark. It involves more than those who deliberately shoot wide of the mark, or who think that they can set up their own mark and ignore the Mark that God set for us. It also involves those who just can't see the mark (perhaps because they're playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the classic manner, i.e. blindfolded) and also those who think they can hit the mark on their own. And as it turns out, no one can.
So we must put it this way:
Would you like to hit the mark? I mean really hit it? Or at least try to scare it a little? Because the closer you get to the mark, the better off you'll be, where it counts.
And what counts most of all is this: God knows where you are. He came to this earth to feel what you feel, and to take all the booby prizes for everyone, past, present, and future, who tried for that mark and missed. What other religious tradition even speaks in those terms? Islam makes you walk a tightrope over a burning canyon. (Unless you kill somebody to advance the faith, but that's a little out of the league of most of those who will hear our message.) Judaism is, by definition, incomplete: it is still under the law, though the age of the law is past, and that of grace has succeeded.
In closing, however, I have to mention one other possibility: we are likely to get snatched (Greek harpagesometha, from harpazo I seize, snatch, and carry off by force) (1_Thessalonians 4:16-18 ) before this mission even gets out of the planning stage. Everything depends on whether Divine patience is finally exhausted. As it might very well be.--TerryHTalk 17:46, 1 April 2009 (EDT)
- Well, good suggestions. I'd like to incorporate some of this. AddisonDM 10:49, 2 April 2009 (EDT)
Very interesting essay, and well thought-out! I couldn't help but notice the sentence: "Inclusivism is the tendency to make an enclave of similar people, to stay inside it, to refuse to go into the world or cross denominational lines, and the like." Shouldn't that be exclusivism? At any rate, you defined inclusivism twice, with contradictory meanings, so one of them must be a mistake. JDWpianist 07:37, 4 April 2009 (EDT)
- Thank you! And yes, that is a typo! Thanks. AddisonDM 11:37, 4 April 2009 (EDT)
AddisonDM, you need some photos on this page.--Jpatt 12:07, 4 April 2009 (EDT)
- Yes, you're right. I'll look. You also need an image for an Article of the Week. AddisonDM 13:01, 4 April 2009 (EDT)