A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter's Challenge

Jospeh Sprague, a Methodist bishop describes Easter this way "I affirm resurrection.. God's Essence cannot be killed, buried or kept from being active in creation and history."

This Easter Pope Benedict highlighted the tragedy in Iraq and the tragedy of violence around the world. The question or challenge for us is how does God's essence or God's work become efficacious in a world torn by life destroying violence? What are we doing to make it so?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Nature vs. Nurture

The quote I posted from Desmond Tutu created discussion concerning over whether homosexuality comes from the genes or our social environment. But there is no consensus with the relevant sciences.

It seems likely that it's a mixture, but however that gets worked out, few think it's a volitional choice. But that in itself wouldn't solve the debate about whether we're talking about moral behavior or not. All it can tell us is it's origins and that's about it.

And orientation does not indicate whether one has a moral relation or not. We have to examine particular relationships whether they build up love, mutuality, commitment, the development of moral possibilities among those in the relationship.

One can find examples in both orientations where this is the case. And we can find broken, destructive relationships in both orientations as well. The church's business is to build up the prior. And because we're not doing that we've lost moral authority on sexual matters. That's a shame and it needs to change.