What is Christianity?

Thomas Merton, in his introduction to St. Augustine’s massive City of God, writes:

“In plain words – if you can accept them as plain – Christianity is the life and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of individual men and in the heart of society.”

Thus, it seems, it is the title given to the daily activity of Christ’s Spirit in the individual souls of believing humanity, which collectively forms a distinctive body of redeemed people that carry out their existence in the midst of a wicked and crooked generation – holding fast the Word of Truth – with a love for God and other human beings right now that is driven by the unchangeable hope and joy of the inheritance of the city of God in the future; a reality planned, purchased, applied, and, quickly, coming to ultimate fruition in Jesus Christ.


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