Thursday, December 01, 2011

Japan as a conscious post-Christian view

Pre-Christian and consciously post-Christian views might be structurally similar, but in their deepest intentionality they remain essentially different, since today the yeast of Christianity has penetrated the whole of mankind. For that reason, it would be quite difficult in today's global village to find something naively "pre-Christian" even in world views (in Asia, for example) that have apparently remained the same since pre-Christian times. Quite often they will have absorbed Christian (or at least biblical) elements to show that they do not need Christianity in order to mantain their own claim to totality.

(H.U. Von Balthasar, Epilogue, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2004, p. 18)


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