Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The dangers of humility under modern conditions

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Humility is a necessary virtue for Christians, but cannot be a first step towards becoming a Christian.

Indeed humility in the absence of Christianity may be extremely dangerous under modern conditions.

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In a world of moral inversions, to be humble may mean to accept the world's evaluations - because to reject them would seem arrogant, prideful.

When the world's evaluations are evil, humility may accept evil, submit to evil - or at least go-along-with evil.

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Why? Because humility is relational - we can only be humble in relation to something, or to someone.

Whether humility is good or evil depends on who we are humble towards.

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So, it is dangerous, it is counter-productive, it is in effect anti-Christian to call for greater humility in the absence of Christian faith.

And humility cannot be the first step for a modern Christian convert. 

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