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Aug 14, 2019

Culture Minus Religion Equals Politics

The Ascension Team

Dave “Velvet Fog” Van Vickle and I dive into history, culture, and politics (oh my!). We talk about three types of culture—pre-Christian, Christian, and post-Christian—and what Catholics can do to navigate the current political climate and evangelize in the culture without getting swept up in it.

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Snippet from the Show

“When you get rid of religion, all you have left is politics, and so politics becomes religion.”


Mark Sayer, evangelical pastor and social commentator – “Post-Christianity is one where the Christian project is continued, but forgetting its sources, a Kingdom without a King.”

Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples – “God has no grandchildren” 

Mark Sayer – “Every generation can forget God and every generation can remember Him.” 

St. Pope John Paul II, Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium – “One of the most important tasks that we all share is to remember what happened to the 20th century.”

5 Practical Tips

  1. Go people watching. 
  2. Reflect upon this question in adoration: how has the culture colonized my mind/heart?
  3. Read an article or a news story from the Progressive Left to understand their point of view better.
  4. Look for “obvious signs of transformation” in your life or ministry.
  5. Pray for the conversion of our political candidates.

Resources: Evangelii Nuntiandi 

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