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The gradual penetration of a society with Christian values and principles. As a world view, it sees the crisis of the modern age as the tragedy or trying to save individuals where society is dechristianized. The two are seen as inseparable. Christians are said to live in the hope of future generations developing a culture that so respects the teachings of Christ as to give people not only the promise of heavenly glory but a foretaste, in this life, of God's kingdom.