Theology on Tap in Fairfax

This is our second discussion: Is religion society's morality developer,  keeper, and enforcer?   Religion has always had close ties with culture and also government, with the exception of our country.  Is it religion's role to establish a cultural morality (what is allowed) and to have everyone follow that for the good of society (culture and government)?

This is an interesting question as we have observed cultural norms and religious norms diverge in our lifetime.  And yet, some religions still hold out a standard that it enforces (even Christianity).  

So what role does religion play in civic morality?   It would be interesting to hear what everyone has to say.  

 

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  • Nadine

    I was tired and couldn't get off the couch with my cats sleeping around me...

    July 23

  • Christian S.

    Crappety-crap-crap! I forgot about the meetup tonight!

    July 21

  • Pam

    Sorry Mark and I will not be able to make this date - looking forward to the next one though!

    June 5

  • Nadine

    I'll remember this time and plan my day!

    June 5

  • Malcolm U.

    The "Law" of Christ, found in Mathew's Sermon on the Mount, is I believe arguably the most demanding morality found anywhere in scripture. Jesus seems to indicate that without it, human society is doomed. So Christ's morality or "law" is existential. I like the way this theologian puts it, the Sermon on the Mount .... "is not a specialized code of regulations for a society with optional membership." Instead, it is essential for healthy human existence. Here is the whole quote:
    C. H. Dodd has described succinctly the obligatory but non-forensic nature of Christ's exhortations (found in the SOM): "The law of Christ, we conclude, is not a specialized code of regulations for a society with optional membership. It is based upon the revelation of the nature of the eternal God, and it affirms the principles upon which His world is built and which men ignore at their peril."

    June 5

  • Gerry J.

    I hope all enjoyed the last meeting. I have been thinking about the comments all week! We were many folks from many different places. Please join us.

    June 5

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