Emphasis on the individual relating to God as a member of a community
|Emphasis on the individual's relationship with God.|
Analogical: God Self-discloses Himself in his creation.
Dialectical: God is over against the world and its communities and artifacts.
Assumes a God who is present in the world, disclosing Himself in and through creation. Hence, the world and all its events, objects, and people tend to be somewhat like God.
Assumes a God who is radically absent from the world and who discloses Himself only on rare occasions. Hence, the world (and all its events, objects, and people) tend to be radically different from God.
Society is a "sacrament" of God, a set of ordered relationships governed by both justice and love, that reveal, however, imperfectly, the presence of God.
:: Society is "natural" and "good."
:: For humans and their "natural" response to God is social.
Society is "God-forsaken" and :: unnatural and oppressive. The individual stands over/against society and not integrated into it. The human becomes fully human only when s/he is able to break away from social oppression and relate to the absent God as a completely free individual.
Should, with exceptions, marry Catholic in a (Roman Catholic) church building .
O.K. to marry Catholics, so long as wedding is not in a Catholic church, no particular objection to Catholic doctrine or people or even their child perhaps becoming a Catholic.
Saints can function as intermediaries with God.
Does not tolerate the idolatrous blasphemy of the statues and humans out not to have to go through such intermediaries as saints to talk with God.
Communities are sacramental, :: threats to communities must be resisted both by a reassertion of the values that seem to protect the community and by support for doctrines; notion on which the communities appear to be based.
Communities are sin-filled and God-forsaken, :: free of the powerful concern about the preservation of traditional communities, :: more flexible in matters of morality and doctrine and human relationships (so long as traditional, community-protecting norms are observed).
Emphasize fairness and equality.
Emphasizes freedom and individualism.
Successful marriage: importance of shared background (religion, politics, tastes).
Successful marriage = importance of sexual fulfillment and living apart from parents and in-laws.
Tends to be devout and to be doctrinally orthodox.
Tends to be satisfied with the response to their needs provided by their churches.
Emphasize presence of God
Emphasize reading the Bible and being born again.
More open to science.
More closed to science.
More morally rigid.
Less morally rigid.
God: Mother, Lover, Friend, Spouse.
God: Father, Judge, Jury
Catholics remain Catholic because they like the Catholic imagination that perceives God as present and the world as grace.
|Tend to be satisfied with the response to their needs provided by their Churches.|
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