The Lord of History by Jean Danielou

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The Christian notion is of a community, in which every member is the complement of the others, and they of him. The existence of civilizations altogether unlike our own is thus by no means something to be resented, or extinguished as far as possible by the imposition of a Western way of life. On the contrary, we have to recognize our own essential need of such a complement to our system. Nothing could be more unintelligent than insularity. The full beauty of mankind would be diminished by the loss of China's distinctive contribution, or that of the Arabs or the Negroes.

This, for a Christian, would be an impossible dereliction of responsibility: his creed, on the contrary, includes belief in one fellowship of man; but not in an external uniformity that would abolish distinctions ordained by Providence. The Christian notion is of a community, in which every member is the complement of the others, and they of him. The existence of civilizations altogether unlike our own is thus by no means something to be resented, or extinguished as far as possible by the imposition of a Western way of life.

40 of all who commit these crimes: for they break one of God's commandments, in violently removing men from the places and homes which it has pleased God to give them. This was the sin of the kings of Babylon, who took the people of Israel away from the land the Lord gave them, leading them captive to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates: and Babylon fell under a curse for breaking the commandment. ' 1 And finally, these deportations are not only a wickedness in their perpetrators, but also a great evil to the sufferers.

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