With all of the disarray that has been happening in America recently, I think it is an important time to stress how a society without Christ leads to chaos and unrest. There have been over 400 studies done revealing that lack of religion leads to a greater risk for mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. So why are people turning away from religion so rapidly in 2020? The answer is simple: Sin.
Without an organized religion people are free to do whatever they please without any moral repercussions. They are allowed to set their own moral boundaries causing confusion and chaos to society as a whole. Humans are inherently good, however through our earthly wants and desires it is easy for the human mind to become skewed and our desires to become disordered. This is why we as Christians have a duty to evangelize and spread the gospel even though people may not want to hear it. This is especially true with young adults as they are at an all time high for turning away from the faith to practice atheism and agnosticism.
Patriarchy. A word that the modern world has deemed as the greatest plague of all time. However, as we see young people inching back to more traditional gender roles and a more conservative way of life, is there hope for future generations and the restoration of society? I believe the answer is yes. Since the beginning of time men have always led. From Adam to Peter to probably your own grandfather, men have always been seen as the head of the household and therefore the primary provider for the family. So why is there sudden push for women to take the roles men have held for so long? Since the toxic second wave of feminism, women have been fighting for so called “equality.” However, I would argue that most modern women have a misconstrued view of gender and societal gender roles because of women’s fight for equality. This can be seen even in the Church as "Catholics" are fighting for women to be able to enter the priesthood, even though men have led the church since the beginning of time, and only men can be ordained.
Among Catholic news in the past year, a startling survey from Pew Research Center has discovered that a mere 28% of Catholics know and believe the Church teaching on transubstantiation, that the bread and wine during Mass become the Body and Blood of Christ. Of weekly mass-going Catholics, only 63% believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In both instances, the statistic should invariably be 100% if these participants do in fact consider themselves Catholic. But what exactly does the Church mean by transubstantiation, and why should we believe it? How is it possible that the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Jesus?
When discussing the different factors of religions that distinguish themselves from another, obvious elements such as theistic plurality, geographical influence, and ideas of revelation are present in such differences. However, when one digs deeper to the core motivations of a religion, its central belief and focus, that is where the true differences lie when comparing beliefs. This is not simply tenants or characteristics of each religion, such as stories or Scripture, traditions or liturgies, but rather what lies at the ontology of the belief, what internal and external motivators the faith has to believe whatever religious notions it professes. In the case of comparing Mediterranean religious systems, three beliefs showcase drastically different ontologies in regards to their structure and doctrine. Greco-Roman paganism, Judaism, and Christianity all present different structures in how they believe their religion. Christianity draws elements from both, yet being distinct in its core belief in the person of Jesus Christ, as opposed to the ritualistic state allegiance present in Greco-Roman religion and the strict adherence of the Torah seen in first century Judaism. This creates a divide between the religions, making Christianity a personal religion as opposed to a purely ritualistic or lawful religion. The very creed of early Christianity makes this especially evident, as not only does it stress the personhood of Christ, but also through “I believe”, making each profession of faith deeply imbued to each person who confesses this faith; this is especially evident in the Gospel of John and its mystic source—Jesus himself.
February 14 is the feast day of St. Valentine. In 1969, the Roman Catholic Church removed St. Valentine from the General Roman Calendar, because so little is known about him and there are two other St. Valentines that lived during the same time as the most known. This has led to some stories of St. Valentine to be convoluted and not distinguishable between the two St. Valentines in Italy. The African St. Valentine Is differed from the other two, but not much is known about him. However, the church still recognizes them as a saint, listing them all in the February 14 spot of the Roman Martyrology.
The first St. Valentine of Rome was a priest and physician and he is the Patron Saint of Severe diseases. He comforted and treated the persecuted during the reign of Emperor Claudius II the Goth and was martyred on February 14th, 270 AD. Nothing else is too prominent on him. However, a lot of details from his story are also St. Valentine of Teri. Yet, St. Valentine of Teri is the more widely known saint of the too. There is also a chance that these people are the exact same person.
Fewer than half of U.S. women identify as a feminist a recent 2019 study puts out. Now why is this? Often feminist movements arise when there is a major political issue pertaining to women; the most recent being the atrocity that was Roe v. Wade. However, previous waves of feminism spoke out on issues of workplace equality and the right to vote. Is the third wave of feminism just dying out, are women disassociating themselves from a movement that had been taken over by radical leftists, or are women returning to traditional gender roles that were practiced for thousands of years.
From the dawn of time gender roles were as follows: a man provides for his family and a woman stays home to raise their children and it worked. I mean that’s what was practiced for thousands and thousands of years and no one seemed to have an issue with it. Yet now the female suicide rate has doubled, and women seem unhappier than ever. You would think women’s so-called freedom would’ve solved this issue however radical feminism seems to be doing the opposite. A movement claiming to liberate women is actually doing the opposite and only adding more stress and sadness into the lives of modern women. The feminist movement claims to uplift women through the ideas of being pro-choice, all women in the working and getting jobs out in society, and the notion that anything a man can do a woman can do just as well. Yet, if you oppose any of these views you are often mercilessly attacked by the feminist party claiming you hate all women. As a woman who does not associate herself with the feminist party, I and countless other women can personally attest to this notion being true.
The roaring 20s are upon us again and typically when we think of the 20s one major thought comes into mind, women’s fashion. The 1920s were a new age for women’s fashion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is a good thing. Previous Edwardian fashions were kicked out the door as the Great War was over and people concluded it was a time for celebration. As hemlines got shorter and dresses become more loose fitting, so did morals. Dresses became a scandalous length in the 20s, typically reaching just below the knee. However, this wasn’t women’s downfall in society. That would be the next World War, which would end up being the downfall of modern femininity.
Over 16 million men served in World War 2, meaning men, the provider of the households, left their everyday jobs to go serve their country. This war was like no other with the institution of planes, bombs, and more developed weaponry. However, with all the men serving there was no one to keep producing these products. The American government created a ploy to get women out of the household and into the workforce, which was very uncommon for the time period. Rosie the Riveter was seen as a feminist icon, who inspired women to leave the home and join the war effort. There was one major thing standing in the way of this campaign and that was women’s fashion. Decadent dresses and high heeled shoes where not fit for the workplace and since they took on men’s jobs, it seemed most reasonable to take on their fashion choices as well. Women began to wear pants for everyday work throughout the war to aid in the physically demanding tasks of mechanics, plumbing, and other very hands on jobs.
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