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.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Opus 2020-271: Whither Privilege?, part 4 of 6

Monotheism was a big step forward for civilization.  Instead of everything being caused by a disgruntled gremlin or a sexually frustrated Zeus you could count on the consistent behavior of the wind and waves.  There was room for miracles and God moving outside the rules but you could count on water always running down hill and the pot getting hot when put on the fire.  Superstition became something to mock instead of the guiding force of life.  You might still knock on wood or not step on a crack but you knew it was childish.

This intellectual wealth matured under the spread of books and the thinking that went along with it.  The first book printed with movable type was the Bible.  Now people could read it and make up their own mind.  This led to the multiple denominations of the Protestant Reformation and even forced the Catholic church to rethink a lot of policies.  If you examine a few dividing lines you see that the prosperity on one side is much higher than the other.  Draw a line between Christian Europe and the rest of the world and you see the difference.  Draw a line between the Protestant areas of Europe and the Catholic realms and you see the same difference.  

This is the religious aspect of privilege.  What you think and what you believe makes a difference.  

To be continued...

homo unius libri

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