The Resource Confronting religious judgmentalism : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace

Confronting religious judgmentalism : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace

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Confronting religious judgmentalism : Christian humanism and the moral imagination
Title
Confronting religious judgmentalism
Title remainder
Christian humanism and the moral imagination
Statement of responsibility
Catherine M. Wallace
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Language
eng
Summary
"Come to church or go to hell. That's religious bullying. It's judgmentalism. And it's a theological distortion, a distortion insisting that shame and self-loathing are morally appropriate. In Christian humanist tradition, God is not some cosmic judge eager to smite all of us for our sinfulness. God is compassion. We are cherished by God beyond our wildest imagining. We are called to radical hospitality, not to crass judgmentalism. So where does this religious judgmentalism come from? It is the heritage of medieval theocracy: a violent, vindictive God of command and control was far more useful politically than a God of compassion, hospitality, and forgiveness. It comes from literal-minded misreading of the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, a story about shame, not disobedience. And it comes from political success in exploiting deep-seated liabilities in the American soul: we spend our lives trying to "prove ourselves," a hopeless task. There's an alternative. In the Christian humanist tradition, authentic moral judgment is rooted in conscience as a creative process. Morality is an art demanding both rigorous consideration of the facts and thoughtful introspection. Conscience properly understood and thoughtfully practiced is an antidote to shame, incessant self-criticism, and chronic self-doubt."--
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Dewey number
241
Index
no index present
LC call number
BV4597.54
LC item number
.W35 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
A confronting fundamentalism book
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Confronting religious judgmentalism : Christian humanism and the moral imagination, Catherine M. Wallace
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139)
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  • RICHMOND
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Confronting fundamentalism: it's judgmental -- 1998, 1968, 1970: just an opinion -- Shame and the American character -- 1960: what the sky seemed to say -- Shame as a moral issue: the forbidden fruit -- From judgment to judgmentalism: some quick history -- Where do we look? -- The great Enlightenment project -- David Hume's alternative: the good heart -- How do we know? -- Is this heresy? -- Conscience as a creative process -- Postscript: What I should have said to my son
Control code
ocn950893819
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xv, 139 pages
Isbn
9781498228879
Lccn
2016448566
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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u373468
System control number
(OCoLC)950893819

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