Comments: weekend columns

As a reflection on the articles here, I find it interesting that at a deep level these people are all writing about the nature and purpose of memory. There is an interesting thread here: rationalist secularism (and its poor deformed child, PC) is represented as willfully forgetting the consequences of it's past actions, and therefore going on to repeat past mistakes. Meanwhile, Christianity is memory par excellence: we celebrate a feast that recalls an event that took place over 2000 years ago (however much we may dispute details, such as dates and customs). Most of the Church's legacy is seen in historical terms through the role of society builder.
Is it possible that memory is something that the Church can offer the people around it? After all, memory is what makes us who we are; it is the first condition for the virtue of constancy. As ++Sentamu points out, the disciples were still the product of their history after they met Jesus.
Perhaps the challenge rationalist secularism poses is the seemingly constant demand to forget ourselves by focussing on the material - retail therapy, life with a mortage, entertainment masquerading as 'culture'. This is the sort of mindset that goes to the National Portrait Gallery to analyse the brush strokes without ever stepping back to see the big picture. This the mindset that gets off on military parades on Remembrance Day but never listens to the message at the centre of the ceremony: "Lest we forget". What can the Church say to this?
A happy and holy Christmas to you all.

Posted by k1eranc at Wednesday, 21 December 2005 at 12:02am GMT
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