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Eternal Day -- Chapter One (Excerpt)
Society and culture has been shaped for centuries by a deep-structure of philosophical assumptions that have prevented the realization of humanity's spiritual potential, leading ultimately to the debacle of madern civilization. I believe that this deep-structure was the creation of Augustine (in The City of God), and of his followers Luther and Calvin.
There are six distinctive premises (or consequences) of Augustinianism, all of which one finds in covert secularzed form in modern Freudian theory, thus illustrating that although two worldviews may appear very different--even antithetical--they have the same deep-structure that is the true determinant of their impact upon humanity, nature, and culture.
The core premise of Augustinianism--that which defines its essence and has had the most pervasive and enduring influence upon Western Christianity is that there is a divide between God and humanity, between God and nature, which cannot be removed or bridged.
This premise is a self-fulfilling prophecy that militates against any effort on our part to restore communiion with God, to recognize His presence in the universe, and to worship and adore Him both in His transcendent being and in and through the world He has created.
God has been relegated to the heavens, and we no longer regard nature as the sacred epiphany of God but as mere matter to be quantified and exploited for our materialistic and frequently destructive goals. Suffice it to state that the idea that the human being is created in the image of God, and thus ought properly to be treated with reverence, and with self-reverence, i.e., holiness, has been all but banished from modern life.
Copyright 1998 by Seth Farber