Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Greatest Danger in the Modern World

"In the better than 16 years or more that I have known Archbishop DMITRI of Dallas (my retired Archbishop), I have heard him warn repeatedly that the greatest danger in the modern world is the attack on man as the image of God. That God became man in order to unite man to God is the only sure Divine underwriting of human worth. We have value because of the image we bear."

~ Fr. Stephen Freeman, "Smashing Icons"


Andrei said...

That is profound.

I've had a similar thought from time to time when seeing the monstrous things people do to their bodies, which can be incredibly grotesque at times in our part of the world.

But that is beautifully articulated.

It also covers the horrors inflicted on others and perhaps that is what was more fully intended,

Bryan Owen said...

Hi Andrei. Thanks for the comments.

I find Fr. Stephen's writing to be consistently beautiful and wise. His blog is one of my favorite Christian sites.

I think this quote dovetails with the argument that C. S. Lewis made in his book The Abolition of Man. If you're interested, listen to Fr. Thomas Hopko lecture on Lewis' thesis.