I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The One Thing That Emil Brunner Got Right!

Despite his serious theological problems and their promulgation, Emil Brunner offered a remarkably insightful (even prophetically spoken into our current politico-historical context!) observation in his inaugural address at the founding of that specious ecumenical World Council of Church in 1948 in Amsterdam. Hear Brunner speaking of our own experience today.

“The problem by which our age is dominated is the emerging of the totalitarian state – the new Leviathan begotten by economic materialism and by the deliberate negation of personal freedom and responsibility. The danger of totalitarianism would not be so overwhelming if it were merely a matter of political dictatorship as opposed to democratic forms of government. Totalitarianism is something more pernicious than dictatorship. It is the attempt to direct and mould the entire life of the community and of its individual members in accordance with the dictate of an omnipotent state, using for this purpose all the powerful methods of mass-suggestion and police-control provided by modern technics.

“The disquieting feature of our situation is that totalitarianism—in the sense indicated—is in ascendency everywhere, even in those countries which are regarded as traditionally democratic.”

As cited by Von Meyenfeldt, F.H. in “The Meaning of Ethos,” which is available here and highly, highly recommended.  

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