Tuesday, March 28, 2006

So, one of my aunts sent me on a mission. She had a patient today who is a Chemistry professor at Bryn Athyn College as well as a member of the New Church there on campus. She started asking him questions about the his beliefs and what exactly the New Church was about. The first thing she said to me was, "This is really weird." She really didn't get a chance to ask him much because she was cleaning his teeth, which is why she wanted me to look it up and report back to her. So here it is: go to www.newchurch.org and check it out. At first I had no idea who these people were or what exactly they believed in, but I would say they are an offshoot of Protestant Christianity with beliefs about the soul and the afterlife that differ from mainstream Christianity. For example, every person has an inner spiritual dimension called the soul. It then goes on to say that the soul cccupies a seperate spiritual dimension from the physical body. Upon the death of the body, the soul becomes fully aware of its surroundings, which is presumably the afterlife. This idea differs from the mainstream Christian idea of the soul dwelling within the physical body until death. There is also a slight distinction concerning how a believer gains access into Heaven. The New Church's website states "All people can be saved who accept that there is a God, and try to live good lives." This does not explicitely state the necessity of a belief in Jesus Christ specifically, as is required in mainstream Christianity, the believer need only express belief in a God. It is also apparently more works based, stating that people should live good lives and the only way to be sent to Hell is to do evil on Earth. I know this is very off topic from what we have been discussing in class, but I thought it was interesting to bring up. I hope some people check out the site for themselves and maybe come to some conclusions about this New Church phenomenon.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I would just like to say how shocked I was at our discussion today in class. I was blown away by some of the comments made by my fellow classmates as well as close friends. I would just like to comment on which ones bothered me, but not elaborate on them because I am a little mad (actually furious as well as offended and discriminated against) to write about it. I disagree with the following comments made by students in class today:
  1. That Eck is taking a way too optimistic approach to religious diversity and pluralism and therefore, paints this picture of a utopian society that is seen as impossible and thus, cannot be achieved.
  2. The discriminatory, prejudiced, and bigoted remark made about women leading Friday prayer in Islamic practice.
Because I am so upset by this one comment, I am going to refrain from making any remarks today and wait until I cool down from my fury. However, I would just like to say that I feel some people in class today were hypocritical with their remarks and beliefs. Till tomorrow when I continue this discussion further, goodnight.