This year’s Super Bowl halftime show with Shakira and JLo created a lot of buzz and commentary. Just another example of how there seems to not be one single issue that Americans can agree on these days. Conversations abounded on the topics of cultural values and modesty in entertainment. I just reread Mere Christianity around the time of the Super Bowl and this section popped out to me as being potentially relevant yet written nearly 80 years ago! This is perhaps how C.S. Lewis might have framed the topic:
The Christian rule of chastity must not be confused with the social rule of “modesty” (in one sense of that word: i.e. propriety, or decency). The social rule of propriety lays down how much of the human body should be displayed and what subjects can be referred to, and in what words, according to the customs of a given social circle.
Thus, while the rule of chastity is the same for all Christians at all times, the rule of propriety changes. A girl in the Pacific islands wearing hardly any clothes and a Victorian lady completely covered in clothes might both be equally “modest,” proper, and decent, according to the standards of their own societies; and both, for all we can tell by their dress, might be equally chaste (or equally unchaste).”
I have long been convinced by certain arguments about the hypocrisy of many big corporations (see HERE, HERE, and HERE) relating to the surge in LGBT support and a recent Financial Times article called The Business of Gay Pride has further added to my understanding of the situation. The article takes a look at how quickly the Gay Pride brand is […]
In today’s marketplace of ideas it is easy to get bogged down in the game of name-calling. The idea being that it is much easier to discount someone’s argument once their personal reputation has been soiled. Unfortunately, this seems to be “winning” strategy on all sides of the political spectrum and the election season IS its […]
I found This Article to be helpful on comparing the oft-cited atrocities of the west in the name of “Christianity” to the holy wars of Islam. there is a stark difference between Islam and Christianity that detractors of the west and Christianity should take seriously if they want to be intellectually honest.
I also recommend Paul Copan’s book Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God for an honest discussion about the God of Christianity as well as a rebuttal of many arguments against God by the “new Atheists”.
The role of faith My good friend said something the other day implying that people of faith should be comfortable with their faith or what they believe. He is right in a sense. If you are not comfortable with what you believe it will cause stress and internal strife. If a main goal of life […]
If someone were to start a spiritual journey and wanted to compare the religions of the world in order to decide which one to put their faith in, biblical Christianity would be the best to start the search with. There are four reasons why (this list is found in an article called “Christianity in A […]
One of our first “philosophical society” meetings we decided to discuss argumentation and logic. we figured it was a good point to start in order to build a foundation for later topics and discussions that could be potentially be divisive. I wrote up a worksheet that could be a helpful resource for us (below). Most […]
I started a “philosophical society” with some friends at work a few months ago. The formal meetings only lasted a month or so because it was getting too hard to for all of us to get together during lunch once a week. I started it because my friends expressed interest in having a setting to […]
I started an email correspondence with a coworker of mine a couple months ago. We are friends and have a good relationship to this day even after the dialogue! It might be a little hard to follow but I will try to explain how to. I originally sent a message, which they responded to. I […]