By Klaas Schilder
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God speaks unto him and with him about the rest of the cosmos in spite of the fact that he himself is part thereof–– which means that self-distinction is thus awakened in him, and that self-cultivation, self-development is made clear to him as his duty, not as an end in itself but as a matter of mandate. And finally, he is given a moral commandment together with all that belongs to him he is in his cultural labour subject to his Creator: in the determining of his own goals with regard to created things he is bound to what he has heard from God's mouth by Word-revelation concerning God's own purpose with respect to the cosmos.
No, was a cause of necessary sorrow in His struggle to give us real culture, among other things: in this battle His God never lets Him go “on leave”. He selected His fishermen, people of all kinds, not as if, sociologically speaking, only the poor and unpretentious in the cultural world could please Him (besides they were not so “poor” those Galileans), but because He had to work also among the people of Galilee: and further, He did not chose fishermen only or Galileans exclusively. Did He take them from among the poor?
Also the arts were greatly influenced by Hellenism. Christ and Culture 35 For example. music. Just as for the “sacred” cult-activities the Hebrew language obstinately maintained itself while Greek made itself felt in matters of culture, so Jewish music continued to be binding for the liturgist for use in the temple cult, but outside it the “free” Hellenistic music fought against the Israelite style for predominance in profane cultural use. Architecture showed the influence of several cultural phases but in particular of the Hellenistic one and more and more lacked a character of its own.
Christ and Culture by Klaas Schilder