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Alienation: plight of modern man? by Fordham University, 1971. 8th, Bier, William Christian,

By Fordham University, 1971. 8th, Bier, William Christian, ; Fordham University, New York. Institute of Pastoral Psychology

His estrangement, not just from the area, yet from himself besides, has turn into one of many extra pervasive features of contemporary guy. early life with its culture and counterculture, minorities, alienated from society and from different minorities, generations pushed aside by means of conflicts in lifestyles-all are manifestations of this modern challenge. this type of subject, addressed by means of the 1971 Institute of Pastoral Psychology, lends itself to, and certainly calls for, an interdisciplinary procedure. As in invaluable Institutes and their released court cases, important contributions were made via the behavioral and social sciences, theology, philosophy, and the legislations to an realizing of the issues encountered, not just in pastoral paintings, but additionally within the broader components of human existence and its institutions. the current quantity perspectives alienation as a many-faceted malaise, having its distant roots in philosophy and faith, and extra lately within the writings of political and social theorists. This common ancient historical past is by means of an exploration of up to date affects, resembling conflict and foreign stress. subsequent, 3 focal issues are given prolonged treatment-alienation within the political and social order, the alienation of minor, and spiritual alienation. no longer neglected are chosen manifestations of alienation affecting the elderly, the bad, and people set aside via their homosexuality. ultimately, representatives from 4 differing disciplines recommend what could be sleek man's responses to his feel of estrangement. This quantity, quantity Seven within the Pastoral Psychology sequence, will surely attract a much broader readership than that which the Institute initially meant.

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If modern man for a variety of reasons finds himself alienated from God, his fellow man, and ultimately from himself, is the primary response of the Church to this need to consist in a new papal encyclical on the social nature of man or in an intensified effort of individual Catholics everywhere to live a life of genuine community, especially within the family and in the local parish? (see Bracken, 1971). This is not in any way to discount the value of magisterial pronouncements on the part of the pope and hierarchy.

There follows therefore first a summary of Royce's doctrine on alienation and reconciliation, as it is set forth in The problem of Christianity, and then my comments on its relevance to the contemporary scene. ) "The individual human being is by nature subject to some overwhelming moral burden from which, if unaided, he cannot escape. ) "The only escape for the individual, the only union with the divine spiritual community which he can obtain, is provided by the divine plan for the redemption of mankind.

It might, of course, be objected that there are many distinctively human activitiesartistic, literary, recreationalwhich are in no sense of the word productive. To this Marx would reply that all human activity is either contributory to or derivative from the productive process. Whatever significance other activity has is inseparable from this relationship. It is, then, by productive activity that man is what he is and becomes what he becomes. This activity is creative in the sense that it takes what is given in nature and transforms this into what it would not be without the intervention of human action.

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