Communism and the Conscience of the West
By Fulton J. Sheen, 1948.
The author in this book shows that the Revolution of Communism are on the conscience of the Western world. This book has shocking statements made 67 years ago that have been fulfilled. "The Western world generally has lost the concept of man as a creature made to the image and likeness of God, and reduced him... to a component part of the universe... This distortion of the true nature of man was due principally to the philosophy of historical liberalism, which saw man as endowed with no higher destiny than the economic. There is no word more "dangerous" than liberalism, because to oppose it is a new "unforgivable sin." The book finishes with some upbeat Chapters to include: Our Lady of Fatima and Russia, How to Meet Communism and others. 247 pages.
Here are quotes from the book:
"As Western civilization looses its Christianity it loses its superiority." Preface.
"It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unconscious of the tragedy. . .Only those who live by faith know what is happening in the world... the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive process going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they fallen." p.15
On speaking of antichrist:”The Antichrist will not be so called; otherwise he would have no followers...he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves...He will tempt Christian(s) with the same three temptations with which he tempted Christ... He will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counterchurch ... It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. p. 17ff
"Thus does a society which lost its faith in the authority of a Church sneak authority back into society through the door of the counterchurch... Once inner faith is lost, a dictatorship becomes imperative to reestablish some kind of order by force." p. 172
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