Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Opus 2011-88, Hanson on Sowell

I was listening to a podcast by Victor Davis Hanson downloaded from the Young America’s Foundation.  It was dated 12/19/2009 and titled “Obama’s Brave New World.”  He brought up a concept I have already shared when I was talking about the writing of Thomas Sowell.  Both men were giving secular approaches to the Christian belief that men are born in sin and that sin is the major cause of problems in the world.

Thomas Sowell talks about the Constrained Vision and the Unconstrained Vision.  The Constrained Vision sees man as the problem and believes that one role of society is to “constrain” him.  Thus we have checks and balances in our Constitution to keep tyrants in check.  The Unconstrained Vision sees man as an innocent victim of society.  Man is held down by religion and family.  If “unconstrained” human beings would build a paradise.

Hanson came up with similar thoughts but his were from the Greek civilization and literature.  He calls them Tragic and Therapeutic.  Tragedy sees man as flawed and needing the guidance of social pressure, religion and family.  The Therapeutic approach sees man as the victim and needing understanding. 

I find it interesting that the Christian doctrine of original sin is understood and expressed by so many people who would never endorse it.

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