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06 January 2011

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Shelia

Typepad was being inhospitable this morning to my friend David Dunn when he wished to leave a comment here. He left it on facebook instead. I share it here because it is of such great value and adds mightily to the post:

"This is a great post. It reminds me of a passage in The Brothers Karamazov, where a secular humanist character, serving as a foil, said, "The socialist who is a Christian is more to be dreaded than a socialist who is an atheist." A man who was in many ways Dostoevsky's intellectual successor, Fr. Sergei Bulgakov, also said of the church, "Christian…'socialism,' remains a guiding star on our horizon." It was a dream, he added, that was "prophetically" enacted in the Jerusalem church in Acts. What made this free, Christian "socialism" so "dangerous" was that it was a revolution to which the then autocratic Russian state could not respond, the same messianic revolution that drew the Roman authorities' attention to Jesus. Such acts of sharing, I think, edge us a little bit closer to the realization of that "prophecy" in the kingdom of God."

Julie B

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