Others believe that if we side with traditional scripture, we betray God’s self in creation. Throughout this course, we have gained knowledge on traditional and contemporary sexul ethics in light of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We have studied specific codes and ethics to better understand why people view sexuality in they way that they do. The constant struggle of whether to place importance on reason rather than scripture (vice versa) is something that is still discussed today. In this paper I will explore the tension between reason (and social sciences) and tradional texts (scripture) in light of the test case on same-gender sex relationships.
While reflecting on how a Christian might benefit from the study of other religions, one key factor came to mind, that key component being the overall commission to evangelize and spread the Word to all the world. To achieve this sort of task, the most valuable asset a Christian should possess is a diverse knowledge of other faiths. I say this, as I feel it is important to understand the beliefs, practices, and acculturation of those you seek to reach. While one might have absolutely no stake in learning about other religions; the knowledge of other cultural and religious beliefs and traditions form effective relationships. The key principal, is to know your audience and how to relate to them with an empathetic mindset.
13 Mar. 2011. . Moss, Chris. "Faith & Reason: Christian Prefer Prejudice To Science on Section 28; Traditionalist Church Attitudes To Homosexuality Threaten Once Again To Drive a Wedge Between Religion and What Evolution Has Taught Us." LexisNexis Academic.
Though she does not specifically state it, implicit in these references to historical context is doubt about the Spirit-inspired nature of the Scriptures. In questioning the ability of the Scriptu... ... middle of paper ... ...cal themes, particularly the life of Christ and the love, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness that He represents. In the debate over homosexuality, Christian ethicists have many authorities to draw from. From the mixture of biblical sources, traditional authorities, empirical and descriptive accounts, and cultural norms, Cahill chooses general biblical themes and modern culture as the primary authorities for her ethic. This departure from traditional Roman Catholic teaching implies some flaw in the connection between the Holy Spirit, the church, and common believers.
“For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this I believe, I should not understand” –Saint Anselm (p. 69). Also in this chapter, Entwistle explores epistemology, defining it as, “the sub discipline of philosophy that is dedicated to the study of the grounds and nature of knowledge” (p. ... ... middle of paper ... ...d it imperative to understand the world from different prospective. I also find it important to have knowledge and experience in the area of psychology and theology. As a Christian more importantly than anything I have to be a light for others to follow.
This paper will attempt to compare and contrast that ideas of homosexuality within Taoism and Roman Catholicism. In an attempt to do so, Taoism and Roman Catholicism will be discussed in regards to their initial opinions on homosexuality. Both show ideas of naturalness and homosexuality, expressed in opposing ways. Then, both of their views on the purpose of sex will be used to fully compare and contrast views. Taoism texts are, intentionally, vague in their writing.
Geertz emphasizes the importance of defining symbols within the context of how they’re presented. This alone proves that Gertz’s theories depend on the ability to understand outside religious interpretations and practices. This is much the same for Bell too, except with Bell’s theories, she’s talking about power relationships. Within the relationship, one must consider all factors from every angle and how it affects the power relationship. By following Bell’s ideas and closely analyzing a power relationship, one might for example be able to analyze how the power relationship between the Pope and a Christian practitioner is different from say the chief of a Native American
The Jewish tradition is skeptical (with good reason) of using Western terminology “since Christians (or others) could use it to see... ... middle of paper ... ...ile the secular environment leaves the door open for interpretation. Repeatedly, commonality of understanding continues to carry the barrier of misinterpretation. Removing the assumptions of application of terminology, misunderstanding of concept, and individual interpretation will help the scholar studying religion. Theology continues to fight for space between all the other methodologies used to answer the questions of why, how, when and where does God and religion fit in with life. Where religion cannot go, theology can.
Web. 31 Mar. 2014. In my summary of “The Clear Teaching of the Bible on Homosexual Practices” I feel there are many ways to look at the context of the bible. The article is about what is acceptable and what is unacceptable in the Christian lifestyle.
The associations of psychology and theology are in effect unavoidable due to their common significance in accepting the uncertainty of human behavior and healing human factors. The book also concentrates on general worldviews and essential components of Christian worldviews and our ability to reflect on them, either learned or chosen. The book details specific indications to a perceptive of the nature of knowledge, the character of human beings, the nature of humanity, and the environment of the world. The book contemplates in the pursuit of truth, knowledge, and sympathizing human experience. These pursuits demonstrate assorted methods, including psychological hypothesis and theories, psychological discipline and science, Christian theology, philosophy and viewpoints of life, and religious and spiritual commitment.