The New Men. Book IV: Ch 10-11 “ God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man ” (216). . What does it mean to become a “new man?”.
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Book IV: Ch 10-11
“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man” (216).
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.” – Blessed Pope John Paul II.
“Ourcareless lives set the outer world talking; and we give them grounds for talking in a way that throws doubt on the truth of Christianity itself” (207).
“We must try by every medical, educational, economic, and political means in our power to produce a world where a many people as possible grow up ‘nice’…” (215).
Success in making someone nice does not save their souls:
“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world- and might even be more difficult to save” (216).
“The Next Step" is already upon us.... Christianity is the Next Step for humanity.
“…a change from being creatures of God to being sons of God” (220).
Oral Literature in Action:
Adaptation of Book IV: Ch 11
#1) It is not carried out through sexual reproduction.
#2) In this Step, we get a choice: we are free to reject the change.
#3) The transformation comes by direct contact with Christ, not the “First” but the new creature.
#4) This Step happens at a different speed -- in a flash!
“They keep killing the thing that He started: and each time, just as they are patting down the earth on its grave, they suddenly hear that it is still alive and has even broken out in some new place. No wonder they hate us” (222).
#5) The stakes are high:
“By falling back at this step we lose a prize which is (in the strictest sense of the word) infinite” (222).
“It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own” (226).
#1- Forget about your self altogether
#2- “Your new, real self will not come as long as you are looking for it…
#3 …It will come when you are looking for Him” (226).
“But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in” (227).
[Closing Paragraph- pg. 226-227]