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You can give men food and leisure and amusements and good conditions of work, and still they will remain unsatisfied. You can deny them all these things, and they will not complain so long as they feel that they have something to die for. Christopher Dawson#Food 65
Christopher Dawson#Food 65
Law describes the way things would work if men were angels. Christopher Dawson#Men 64
Christopher Dawson#Men 64
The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language. Christopher Dawson#Barrier 61
Christopher Dawson#Barrier 61
As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism. Christopher Dawson#Religion 57
Christopher Dawson#Religion 57
Man is a means and not an end, and he is a means to economic or political ends which are not really ends in themselves but means to other ends which in their turn are means and so ad infinitum. Christopher Dawson#Economic 55
Christopher Dawson#Economic 55
The present age has seen a great slump in humanist values. Christopher Dawson#Age 52
Christopher Dawson#Age 52
Thus Christian humanism is as indispensable to the Christian way of life as Christian ethics and a Christian sociology. Christopher Dawson#Christian 52
Christopher Dawson#Christian 52
It is impossible for us to understand the Church if we regard her as subject to the limitations of human culture. For she is essentially a supernatural organism which transcends human cultures and transforms them to her own ends. Christopher Dawson#Church 48
Christopher Dawson#Church 48
This freedom of political discussion on the highest level is something which Western civilization has in common with that of classical antiquity, but with no other. Christopher Dawson#Antiquity 47
Christopher Dawson#Antiquity 47
And so, today, if the state can no longer appeal to the old moral principles that belong to the Christian tradition, it will be forced to create a new official faith and new moral principles which will be binding on its citizens. Christopher Dawson#Faith 42
Christopher Dawson#Faith 42
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