(CT) Mark Galli–Whom Should We Blame for the Violence?

”‹Zosima/Dostoyevksy then pushes the idea further:

But when he knows that he is not only worse than all those in the world, but is also guilty before all people, on behalf of all and for all, for all human sins, the world’s and each person’s, only then will the goal of our unity be achieved. For you must know, my dear ones, that each of us is undoubtedly guilty on behalf of all and for all on earth, not only because of the common guilt of the world, but personally, each one of us, for all people and for each person on this earth.

This suggests that, in some sense, we are responsible for police brutality; for the decay of the inner city; for police shootings; for lack of sympathy with law enforcement; for politicians and social activists, left and right, that have inadvertently fostered a culture of violence; and so on””“for all people and for each person on this earth.”

To be honest, I don’t quite know what this fully means. We are so locked into an individualistic worldview, that Dostoyevsky’s idea is hard to grasp. But I sense he’s on to something, and we hyper-individualistic Christians would be wise to heed it.

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One comment on “(CT) Mark Galli–Whom Should We Blame for the Violence?

  1. Milton says:

    How does Galli square each of us being guilty of the sins of us all (sounds like he never heard of that Jesus guy) with Ezekiel Chapter 18, summed up by:
    [blockquote]Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.[/blockquote]

    Just more liberal groupthink and moral equivocation from Galli.