Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back Again For the First Time

The last time I did a series on something I heard at church, I thought it turned out pretty well.

For those of you who don't remember the series it dealt with Gandhi's seven social sins and how they relate to the world today. I enjoyed breaking down Gandhi's profound observations so much, I decided to check back in for round two.

What I'd like to discuss has its grounding in religion, but I think it can even be applied to lives of those who don't believe in God. In fact, I'm going to try to apply it specifically to the black community and the issues that seem to be present there.

During a recent message, my pastor discussed six ways that religion has been corrupted and twisted. I plan to discuss how those six things have corrupted and twisted the black community and the world in general. My viewpoints will of course be guided by my faith, but I think I can make compelling observations without depending too heavily on scripture.

For the record, the six corrupting agents are Secularism, Humanism, Relativism, Pragmatism, Materialism and Mindlessness.

Just looking at those six topics makes me want to write reams and reams of words. For years, I've struggled to understand why the world has the problems it has, why things seem to be spinning so far out of control. In particular, when I've looked at my community, the black community, I've seen such a plethora of problems that I've wondered if there is any real hope. I know I'm not alone in those thoughts.

I think that by dissecting and examining these corrupting agents we can re-discover our hope. When you can identify and define a problem, you can then turn your attention to the solution. I hope this series breaks down these corrupting agents and offers concrete solutions for dealing with the problems they create.

Stay tuned.



Big Man said...

Should I take this as a sign that my series will not be enjoyed?


Thordaddy said...

--Secularism, Humanism, Relativism, Pragmatism, Materialism and Mindlessness.

All lack the moral component and so all are derived from the same anti-God worldview.

Secularism pretends that it can derive a moral code with no higher authority to guide its axioms.

Humanism is the false belief that we should, ought, must treat all human beings equally which necessitates the equalizing of any higher authority (God) to a lower authority (man).

Relativism is the false belief that no absolute truth exists. Meaning, the absolute truth of God does not exist.

Pragmatism subordinates morality (God) to self-interest (man).

Materialism is the false belief that only the material exists and therefore a nonmaterial God does not.

Mindlessness is the belief in all the above.

older_not_wiser said...

Big Man

Not at all. Bring it on.

While you're at it, maybe you can add a few words regarding pedantry, sophistry and hubris as well.

Deacon Blue said...

Normally I try to comment, but been busy and distracted. Looking forward to it.

Raving Black Lunatic