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Sharing faith in a post-modern world

The modernist canon has often revealed itself as patriarchal and racist, dominated by white heterosexual men

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Sharing faith in a post-modern world

A priest blesses a flock of sheep during the traditional ceremony of blessing animals that marks the day of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in Muro on the Spanish island of Majorca, on Jan. 17. (Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP)

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Teaching the faith to the young today is both a challenge and an opportunity

The Gospel, Christians have always maintained, must be proclaimed to “all creation” (Mark 16.15), which means to all cultures, in all times and to all sorts.

But each age brings its own particular differences and difficulties.  Ours is that of the post-modern age. So, what exactly is this, and what are its characteristics?

Modernity, such as has come to us from the 19th century onwards, is usually seen as progressive, scientific, rational, normative. As  a general and wide-ranging term, it is applied to literature, philosophy, art and architecture, cultural and literary criticism, among others.

But modernity has its drawbacks too, and we are more aware of these today. The modernist canon has often revealed itself as patriarchal and racist, dominated by white heterosexual men.

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