This segment looks at Israel's understanding of corporate personality as the essential unit of life in contrast to the individual and how it became the foundation for understanding Christ as the last Adam, the atonement, and the Church as his body. It traces the rise of the "individual" in Medieval thinking, and the implications of radical autonomy in contemporary theology. It concludes with reflections on the nature of community and mission in the light of a robust construct of corporate personality.
What secular historians describe as the "axial age" coincides with the period when Israel was out of the land in exile. During this short period of approximately seventy years we saw the rise of five world religions that are still with us today. In this segment I explore Israel's mandate to "hold the ground" at the crossroads of the ancient world and the disastrous consequences when they were subverted by the surrounding cultures and failed to do so. The applications to the church are explored and developed.
Unlike our forefathers, it is unlikely that any of us will ever go to prison for our stand on baptism or the Lord s supper, but it is quite possible we will for our stand on homosexuality and abortion. In our day, the battlefront is changing from doctrine to ethics. In this segment we look at how ethics is now leveraged by technology, the ethical implications of the "naked public square", and some possible ways forward for the church.
This segment is based on an interview with Wendy Shaleet, the author of A Return to Modesty, Discovering the Lost Virtue. Contrary to popular opinion, she demonstrates that modesty is an erotic virtue (she uses "erotic" in its technical, not its popular meaning). Our culture now sees modesty as prudery, when in fact, historically, it can be demonstrated that the modest woman was the desirable woman. Shaleet discusses this misunderstanding of the role of modesty our society and the importance of recovering it as an important social defense mechanism for young women.
'Ethics' and 'Morals' have become synonyms. But it has not always been so. Ethics is a normative science, dealing with fundamentals, absolutes, imperatives, “oughts”, and “shalt nots". Morals is a descriptive science dealing with contemporary behavior - what is. In the past ethics determined morals. But now morals - what we are doing - are determining ethics - what we believe to be ideals.
The results of this shift are toxic for millions of people. Is there an anti-venom, available to neutralize the toxins that have been released society and the world? Yes. And we are it.