Wednesday, October 24, 2007

clarification

Okay, I thought a little further about the last post last night (what is it about that time between lying down and falling asleep that makes it so good for thinking?).

I think the difference between what I'd call "malicious" offense and the "just making fun" offenses is that one is against the devout person, and one is against the object of his devotion. I have trouble with offenses against the devout person because I respect his personhood. I don't have trouble (or so much trouble) with the offenses against his object of devotion, because I don't believe his object of devotion is worthy of devotion. In other words, I don't believe other religions are true, but I belive people of other religious beliefs are people, made of the image of God and worthy of respect.

Yep, I think that's what was confusing me.

peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

1 comment:

Jennifer F. said...

Ack! I just left a comment but it got lost.

To summarize...I think you bring up a great point. I think that the quest for God and meaning is such a personal thing, it's mean-spirited to ridicule any genuine seeker, even if it's an atheist who doesn't technically have religious beliefs. So as Christians it makes sense that we'd feel offended on that person's behalf when we see something like that, since we understand that they've been insulted for making an effort to find God. (Though I'm speaking hypothetically since I haven't seen the movie you're talking about). :)

Anyway, great topic! Very interesting! (Sorry if this is incoherent...I'm not getting a lot of sleep these days.) :)