Easter

savior_risen“From the Christian perspective, the tension between time and eternity threatens life with meaninglessness. History may reach its end before reaching its fulfillment. Men cannot solve the most fundamental problem of human existence in history, and all attempts to do so have brought disaster in their wake. Yet, as Marc Bloch pointed out, “Christianity is a religion of historians. . . . The destiny of humankind, placed between the Fall and the Judgment, appears to its eyes as a long adventure, of which each life, each individual pilgrimage, is in its turn a reflection. It is in time, and therefore, in history that the great drama of Sin and Redemption, the central axis of all Christian thought, is unfolded.” According to Christian theology, God partially and episodically reveals Himself in history through Christ. For this reason, Lukacs states that the incarnation, “the coming of Christ to this earth may have been? no, . . . it was, the central event of the universe; . . . the greatest, the most consequential event in the entire universe has occurred here, on this earth.” Unlike its Eastern counterpart, Western Christianity, while hardly neglecting the divinity of Christ, has accentuated his humanity. Lukacs observes, for example, that among Eastern Orthodox Christians, Easter, which celebrates the divinity of Christ, is a far more elaborate and solemn holiday than Christmas. Of greater moment to Western Christians, Protestant and Catholic alike, is the day on which Christ entered the world and history as a human being.” ― Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Page xvii, Preface, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.  

Dr. John Lukacs, Historian

Dr. John Lukacs, Historian

 

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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