david k. glidden University of California, Riverside Having been set free from sin, You have become slaves of righteousness. âRom. 6.18 Beginning with The Religious Aspect of Philosophy (1885), Josiah Royceâs views gradually evolved into a growing celebration of community affiliations. Philosophy of Loyalty (1908) eloquently articulated his distinctive social philosophy.1 Royceâs vision of ideal community life soon became beatified in The Problem of Christianity (1913) in the form of âthe Beloved Community,â where Royce venerated the Pauline model of a gathered community consisting of those who share a common faith. Heartfelt community loyalty thereby acquired a spiritual dimension that transformed human nature. Against the background of this transfiguration, Royce downplayed the life of prayer and private devotion to Jesus as personal savior. Instead, Royce emphasized the Divine presence emanating from within the community of the faithful. This marked the spiritual apotheosis of Royceâs social philosophy. From this perspective, Royce belittled what he termed âquietism,â where the devout turn away from the centrality of community life, by surrendering their persons to God, abandoning their individuality as well. âQuietismâ came into popular parlance only toward the end of the seventeenth century in response to the mysticism of the Spanish
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: Jul 20, 2017
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