A Religious Foundation of Human Relations: Beyond Games by George Henderson

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40 Knowing what one wants is simply the foundation of what in the maturing person is the ability to choose one's own values. The mark of mature persons is that their living is integrated into self-chosen goals: they know what they want. Religion. In his easygoing, colloquial manner of expressing thoughts which, when written more eloquently and with a more sophisticated style might be considered profundities, Jess Lair shares this point about religion and people: To me, religion is epitomized by a statement which I think was made by Tillich, the Protestant theologian.

These and their like were what the pre-Greek world worshipped. One need only place beside them in imagination any Greek statue of a god, so normal and natural with all its beauty, to perceive what a new idea had come into the world. With its coming the universe became rational. 14 The effect of this egocentrism and rationality on human relations is prodigious. All of the Western world's modern institutions universities, churches, governments, banks, and so forth accept rationality as one of the cohesive elements of their programs.

Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. " Obviously, the social impact of these five commandments is immeasurable; they deal with crucial aspects of communal living, including attitudes toward work, family, marriage, and crime. 11 The documented religious history of the Jews as recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible provides us with a picturesque look at many facets of human relations alternative ways in which religion can be used to affect both personal and community behavior.

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