This-essay is a9908041.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %GENERALITY ADEQUACY INERRANT LITERAL TRUTH GOD'S+990804 %CONTROL DISCIPLINE PUNISHMENT COMMANDMENT IDOLATRY 990804 Conflicts between religious people often flow from conflicting ways in which various religious people select, regard, approach, interpret, use, abuse, and depend upon holy scriptures. Variations occur of course between different religions which focus upon different scriptures. Variations also occur between splintered groups of the same religion who ostensibly are based upon the same collection of scriptures. Variations occur between individual members of any given splinter group of any given religion. Religious leaders who are preoccupied with issues of control do not deal well with variations in how their followers select, regard, approach, interpret, use, abuse and depend upon the authorized scriptures upon which they as religious controllers depend. Consider the nature of some of the variations from which conflicts flow: 1. Views as to scriptures' origins vary in that some people regard their scriptures as literally strings of words dictated by God to a chosen scribe; or less directly as words inspired by God and faithfully written down; or even less directly as collections of writings of religious people who did their best to write down ideas, ideals, values, commandments, stories, etc. which seemed helpful to them in their time and place. 2. Views vary as to the completeness and/or adequacy of the collected scriptures. Some people regard their collection as containing all that is needed to guide every life in every time and place; complete adequacy. Other texts are regarded as unnecessary, in competition, misleading, errant, and/or evil --- in varying degrees. For example, some religious leaders dismiss most if not all of modern scientific/professional research and texts reporting scientific/professional research. Other religious leaders dismiss most if not all texts of complementary religions. 3. Views vary as to the inerrancy, coherence, integrity, and reliability of scriptural texts. Some religious leaders make it as a matter of faith that their texts are without error; coherent, of full integrity and utterly reliable. Other religious leaders take more pragmatic and less extreme views. 4. Views vary as to the interpretations of texts. Some religious leaders make it a matter of faith that meanings of scriptural texts are to be found in literal understandings of what the words say. They acknowledge no reasonable interpretations other than their own. They do not acknowledge that different people of integrity can with integrity find different meanings within the texts --- in the light of different understandings of the contexts of the writers, readers, and interpreters of the texts. 5. Views vary as to the generality, particularity and authority of religious texts. Some religious leaders and authorities regard their chosen texts as adequate grounds for religious controls over the lives of all people in all places. Other religious leaders who are less preoccupied with issues of control in regarding differing religious texts as offering helpful insights into a wide variety of different human situations and needs for gracious responses to local circumstances. 6. Views vary as to how sacred, holy, perfect and/or ultimate religious texts are. Some religious leaders encourage their followers to worship their religious texts as equivalent to God; ultimate in power, might, truth, and righteousness. They encourage their followers to become idolatrous in their reverence towards the chosen scriptures. Needless to say differing religious leaders and followers will engage in conflicts which reflect the conflicts inherent in their differences regarding the scriptures which they take to be most important. Conflict resolution and peacemaking will be undermined to the extent that they worship their various differences and conflicts. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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