Patricia Hofer

Christian consciousness

GK Chesterton wrote: “Man is something more awful than men; something more strange. The sense of the miracle of humanity itself should be always more vivid to us than any marvels of power, intellect, art, or civilization.” (Orthodoxy 31)

And the God-given “miracle of humanity,” something wholly separate from the natural world, is our consciousness. Who we are as an individual is more vivid to us than any other one thing. And second to that is who we are in relation to others. These are the “wheelhouse” of  Christianity. As St. Paul wrote: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV Rom. 12:1-3)

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