The Eagle and Child: S1E15 – “Social Morality”

SocialMorality

SocialMorality

In today’s episode, Jack asks what a truly Christian society would look like. He’s going to say some things to upset people on the Right and people on the Left…

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Episode 15: “Society Morality” (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

• My outline for this chapter is available here. Unfortunately, there isn’t a C.S. Lewis Doodle for this chapter.

• Quote-of-the-week:

“If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity” (God in the Dock)

• Beer-of-the-week was Ballast Point Bonito again.

• Christ didn’t come to preach a new morality.

“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed”
– Dr. Samuel Johnson, an 18th Century (writer, essayist and poet)

Even Jesus’ teaching concerning loving your neighbour had already been expressed in the Old Testament:

“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord” – Leviticus 18:17-18

However, we could say that Jesus widened and deepened this teaching, particularly in answering the question “Who is my neighbour?”

Saint Paul tells the Philippians that he’s not teaching them anything new, but that they need to be reminded:

To write the same things to you is not irksome to me, and is safe for you. – Philippians 3:1

You can watch my video series on Philippians here and my study notes for that book of the Bible can be found here.

I also quote the lead singer of the band Casting Crowns:

“We are trained well beyond our level of obedience” – Mark Hall

• Christianity is not a political programme. In contrast, other religions (Judaism and Ilsam) set out a detailed programme for every aspect of personal and civil life. Christianity is instead a director and source of energy.

• It is up to every Christian to bring the Golden Rule to his/her domain of responsibility and excellence. A document from the Second Vatican Council says the following:

Each individual layman must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the Lord Jesus and a symbol of the living God. All the laity as a community and each one according to his ability must nourish the world with spiritual fruits.(212) They must diffuse in the world that spirit which animates the poor, the meek, the peace makers—whom the Lord in the Gospel proclaimed as blessed.(213) In a word, “Christians must be to the world what the soul is to the body.” [Epistle to Diognetus] – Lumen Gentium, Paragraph #38

• The New Testament hints at what a fully Christian society would be like. We each find aspects of it which we like and other parts which we don’t like…

On the subject of husbands and wives, I mentioned Brant Pitre’s talk “Wives have to do what?!”. You can also watch the trailer for it, or even watch the entire talk online.

I explained why I think the Garter toss is stupid.

• The issue of usury was briefly addressed. I found this article helpful on the subject.

• We moved on to the subject of giving to charity. We discussed the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, as well as Mother Theresa and the city on a hill.

We talked about charity and about the question of how much we should give. Some people think it’s 10%, but I don’t think it’s that simple. I referenced a fantastic interview with Douglas Gresham.

Jack suggests that we don’t give more because we’re afraid of our own financial security.

• When we are asking about the question of a Christian society, we really come seeking validation, not enlightenment.

“Epistle Of Joy” Podcast

I recently setup the podcast feed for the San Diego diocese Theology On Tap. In order to do this, I had to learn a few things about RSS feeds and the Feedburner service. While I was learning, I setup a podcast feed for the MP3 version of the Philippians Bible study I posted during Lent. So, if you would like to easily listen to the audio version of that Bible Study, you can subscribe using your favourite podcast software by clicking below:

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The Epistle of Joy – Episode #19 (Audio)

PodcastThe audio-only version of the latest episode in the Philippians video series is now available to download below.

Today we continue complete our study of Philippians.

Epistle of Joy – Episode #19 (Download)

The Epistle of Joy – Episode #19 (Video)

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Today we cover the last few verses of Philippians:

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. – Philippians 4:21-23

Here are my final thoughts:

For an audio-only version of this video, please click here.

The Epistle of Joy – Episode #18 (Audio)

PodcastThe audio-only version of the latest episode in the Philippians video series is now available to download below.

Today we continue Chapter 4 and Paul speaks in a little more detail about the gift sent to him by the Philippians.

Epistle of Joy – Episode #18 (Download)

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Nearing the end of Chapter 4 of Philippians:

Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only; for even in Thessalonica you sent me help once and again. Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Philippians 4:4-20

Here is my commentary:

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The Epistle of Joy – Episode #17 (Audio)

PodcastThe audio-only version of the latest episode in the Philippians video series is now available to download below.

Today we continue Chapter 4 and Paul speaks about how he handles plenty and paucity…

Epistle of Joy – Episode #17 (Download)

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