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The End of Christendom

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Christendom according to Malcolm Muggeridge, is something quite different from Christianity. Christ said his kingdom was not of this world; Christendom on the other hand, is of this world and, like every other human creation, subject to decay and eventual desolation. In this book, Muggeridge perceptively explores the downfall of Christendom, indicating some of the contribu ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published June 20th 1980 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published 1980)
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Jason Mccool
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've ever listened to Ravi Zacharias, the name of Malcolm Muggeridge is familiar to you. When I came across this small 62 page book at my Mom's, I had to ask to borrow it, to read directly from this oft-quoted man. I didn't know anything about it when I started on it, so I wasn't sure what Muggeridge meant by the "end of Christendom". This is actually the transcript of the inaugural address of the Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University, at University of Waterloo, given by Mugger ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1980, no good w/o God, Blaise Pascal, highest aspiration to see God, misuse of words are undoing love freedom liberation to facilitate more ill of abortion and marriage, current times focused on trite, humility a condition of virtue, faith as received by heart not reason, arrogance of mind produced the devil see Dostoyevsky book, see also decline of west per Solzhenitsyn Harvard lecture, also John Henry Newman, civilizations wax and wane, excessive self-indulgence break down of law/order and soc ...more
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Although I don't agree with many of Muggeridge"s conservative views, I found this to be a compelling discussion of the place of Christianity in the modern era.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Christendom may collapse, but Christ will never cease to be.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muggeridge criticizes the decadence of Western culture especially at the twilight of the Soviet Union. He despises television and encourages the reading of Blaise Pascal, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and John Henry Newman. He takes questions at the end of these lectures but bluntly refuses to answer some questions, particularly about whether the theory of evolution is true. He flatly denies the truth of evolutionary theory and points to it as another hallmark of the c ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is a little dated (it was published in 1980), it is still quite relevant to the Christian living in the Western World. Malcolm Muggeridge offers both hope and perspective for Christians, who are nervous about the diminishing of the Christianity's place in Western society and culture. Even if individuals don't agree with everything he has written, I believe they will find much on which they can reflect and find hope.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book contains two inaugural addresses by Muggeridge at initial Pascal Lectures on Christianity at University of Waterloo in 1978. Following quote summarizes: "Amid the shambles of Christendom [lecture 1] I feel a renewed confidence in the light of the Christian revelation with which it first began [lecture 2].
Jean-Daniel Veer
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: histoire
There is a lot of great stuff in here, nice gems.

Simple, but powerful. Thank you Mr. Muggeridge, I look forward to seeing(reading) you.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Just finished rereading Muggeridge’s END OF CHRISTENDOM, which I enjoyed. But I did not enjoy it as much as when I first came across it around 1982. What struck me as heroic the first time I read it took on shades of smugness this time. He was so confident and almost satisfied that humanity was doomed. Perhaps, as I get older, I feel more the tragedy in humanity’s fallenness and more hopeful about the implications of our being made in God’s image. As a young man, I enjoyed the vicarious thrill t ...more
Douglas Wilson
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Good. Also read in November of 1980.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, audio-books
Very good!
Norm Konzelman
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like reading the thoughts of someone who has trained himself to correctly think on deep values and subjects. Recommend this book!
An Idler
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Savagely despairing and critical. Hard to argue with his observations, though.
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Refreshing writer. If you believe the mainstream media and love the worldly institutions you will not like this book.
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Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist. During World War II, he was a soldier and a spy. In the aftermath of the war, as a hugely influential London journalist, he converted to Christianity and helped bring Mother Teresa to popular attention in the West. He was also a critic of the sexual revolution and of drug use.
“People think of faith as being something that you don't really believe, a device in helping you believe simply it. Of course that is quite wrong. As Pascal says, faith is a gift of God. It is different from the proof of it. It is the kind of faith God himself places in the heart, of which the proof is often the instrument...
He says of it, too, that it is the heart which is aware of God, and not reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not be reason.”
“[Pascal] was the first and perhaps is still the most effective voice to be raised in warning of the consequences of the enthronement of the human ego in contradistinction to the cross, symbolizing the ego's immolation. How beautiful it all seemed at the time of the Enlightenment, that man triumphant would bring to pass that earthly paradise whose groves of academe would ensure the realization forever of peace, plenty, and beatitude in practice. But what a nightmare of wars, famines, and folly was to result therefrom.” 32 likes
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