Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Religion and Civilization

Tim Muldoon looks at some research that "suggests further how the role of religion in civilization-building could take shape: shared wonder among people who were kind to one another yielded shared ideas, shared stories, shared food, shared labor, and so on" — Kindness and Civilization.

"Groups built temples and told myths which pointed them toward the transcendent (and I think a Catholic here could even say that these myths and beliefs pointed them toward God, though in still murky ways)." I would say not that "a Catholic here could" but that a Catholic here should "say that these myths and beliefs pointed them toward God, though in still murky ways." Henri-Marie Cardinal de Lubac's Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man would agree.

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