A book about the Beatitudes, and Matthew chapter 5. The idea is this: the Beatitudes and the verses that follow set out the pattern of growth into healing and wholeness. Far from being a jumble of impossible-to-achieve character traits, Matthew 5 is how-to guide, a hand book for growing into holiness. Do you want to be holy? Do you want to see what growth in holiness looks like, step-by-step? Jesus’ words are a very bracing challenge, but absolutely encouraging.
This is a place where we can talk about that idea, and other things, as well.
My first book, How the West Was Lost, presented the idea that Western civilization came to an end with the dawn of the 21st century. It said that we are no longer a post-Christian civilization–we are a post-post Christian civilization. That is, in the last quarter of the 20th century, everyone who was alive and of age could remember that the West used to hold to Christian morality as the anchor that in the midst of the storm kept the ship of culture from smashing against the rocks. We knew that things were going wrong, because we remembered what right looked like.
That’s not the case today. We don’t remember what right looks like. People growing up today don’t have that cultural-genetic memory: they have been born into a different civilization, as different from the West as the West was from Rome in the year AD 400.
This book, The Stairway to Heaven, is the antidote to the troubling implications of such a sad prospect.
What then shall we do?, people asked me, after reading the first book. Well, here it is, my answer. We can’t change the civilizational replacement, but we can change ourselves. And experience joy, whatever the troubles we observe around us.