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Confronting Religious Judgmentalism : Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination.

Author: Catherine M Wallace
Publisher: Eugene : Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016.
Series: Confronting fundamentalism.
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"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  Read more...
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Wallace, Catherine M.
Confronting Religious Judgmentalism : Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination.
Eugene : Wipf and Stock Publishers, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine M Wallace
ISBN: 9781498228879 1498228879
OCLC Number: 982022607
Description: 1 online resource (156 pages)
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.
Series Title: Confronting fundamentalism.

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"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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