King Louis IX, monarch of France and exponent of the organic Christian community. Image source: Wikimedia Commons / Ryan Ashelin
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Returning to an ecologically Christian society is a cure that can lead us to a balanced economy. Without hasty care. It may seem strange that we are consciously proposing a form of society and social organization as a solution to an economic problem. However, we believe that economics should be embedded in a social order in such a way that the two solutions, social and economic, are united into one.
To better explain the concept of the Christian organic community, we can mention ten defining characteristics that create a climate of order and virtue that promotes social ties, trade, and free markets. The first property can be found in the name we have given this community: it must be organic. We can define an organic society as a social order directed towards the common good (good community) and which is wonderfully adapted to the full evolution of our human nature and our coexistence together. It is called “organic” because this order treats humans not as parts of a machine, but as living and unique beings with all the complex and nuanced elements that make up life.
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Spontaneity, vitality and creativity
From the concept of organic, we can look at properties that arise from living things: spontaneity, vitality, and creativity. These properties are a refreshing contrast to the modern economy. The resulting society and economy is full of vitality and creativity; nuance and meaning; and poetry and passion. At the same time, such an order is full of dynamism and capable of large-scale production.
Caution, justice, determination and abstinence
An organic Christian society must necessarily cultivate the virtues, especially the cardinal virtues of caution, justice, determination, and abstinence, which we can characterize as necessary qualities. When these virtues are practiced in an organic society, everything comes into proper balance and rhythm because each individual acts in accordance with his nature. This is the foundation of true order and also of the true progress and prosperity that are so necessary today.
To unite hearts and minds with charity
Another characteristic is charity. In such an order, charity is a moderating influence on the economy. Moreover, charity is necessary because it perfects and protects the practice of justice in society. For while justice can reduce strife and division, only charity can create a true union of hearts and minds. Thus, although it is not in itself an economic principle, charity serves as a good counterweight to the tumult of hectic immeasurability.
It is deeply Christian
Finally, we must add that this order Christian must be. An organic order cannot be reduced to a natural way of organizing society. A Christian order goes beyond the mere exercise of virtue because it is rooted in the reality of our fallen nature, the trust that all must have in the provision and help of divine grace. She adapts to both the suffering and the joys that this valley of tears has to offer. The Christian organic community is, after all, born under the constant shadow of the cross, which teaches us how to meet the vicissitudes of life. She must have Christ as a divine model and teacher.
So an organic Christian community must have these ten elements as a framework of timeless principles to which we can return:
- Organic unit
- Charity, and
In the light of the current economic and moral crisis, we need refreshing means, such as those offered by an organic Christian community and carefully explained in the book, Back to order: From an insane economy to an organic Christian community – where we have been, how we got here, and where we are going.
This article is a translation of “Ten excellent features of the organic Christian communityand previously shown on tfp.org.