“For a Christian is not called to flee the world or mankind, to reject or curse it. He is called to bring the light of Christ's teaching into earthly life and to creatively reveal the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the fabric of this life. And this means that we must create a Christian culture.” In this week’s class, we are going discuss the many implications of this quote by the Orthodox religious and political philosopher Ivan Ilyin from his 1937 book Foundations of Christian Culture. Specifically, we are going to cover how we can live our faith in proper balance, neither withdrawing from world or capitulating to it, and dangers of these extremes. We will also cover the role of art, story, and creativity as means to achieve this balance while also deepening our sacramental understanding of reality, and how each of us can become lights of Christ. We will look at what the Bible, certain Holy Fathers, and others have to say about these topics.
Christianity as “The Way” - John 14:6, Acts 9:1, Acts 19:9, Acts 19:23-37, Acts 22:1-5, Acts 24:10-16, John 17:14-19,
Christians and the World - Romans 12:2, John 15:18-25, John 17:14-19, 1 John 2:15-17