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The North American Roman Catholic bishops have suggested that our present age is one of "supreme crises." If this be the state of things, then such a statement goes to reassert the challenging aspect that Christ presented to his hearers. He referred to the scribes and pharisees as "hypocrites," that is "under-thinkers" or rather those who were concerned with the "pseudo-crises," over and against the "supreme crisis." Christ's incarnation caused his hearers to make a judgment whether to live either the "kingdom" or "history." If an age is faced with a similar "Supreme Judgment," then part of that judgment goes into choosing between celebrant or celebrity, worship or suicide, being or non-being.

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