The civilization of Christian Europe was constructed by people whose purpose was not that of constructing a ‘Christian civilization’. We owe it to people who believed in Christ, not to people who believed in Christianity … Christ did not come to construct a civilization, but to save the men of all civilizations. What is called ‘Christian civilization’ is no other than the ensemble of collateral effects which faith in Christ has produced on the civilizations it has encountered along the way. When His resurrection is believed in, and the possibility of the resurrection of every man in Him, everything is seen in a different way, and one acts in consequence of that, in all spheres. But a great deal of time is needed to become aware of this and make it concrete.

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