Monday, 1 February 2010


The Pope has spoken and suggested that:
Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others – on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth. (I got this off the Mad Priest)
Which I interpret as "telling people what they can and cannot do does not restrict their freedom, because it is good for them" - or am I being unduly argumentative?

He goes on (talking about Roman Catholic laity):
it is important to recognize dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate.
I read this on the same day that I read Brian McLaren's blog on fundamentalism:
When I am presented with a new idea or proposal, my first question is more likely to be ...
___A. Is it acceptable to my religious/ideological community or belief system?
___B. Is it possibly true, valuable, and worth exploring?
Guess which answer Brian defines as fundamentalist J, and guess who seems to be encouraging people to give answer A?

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