Myrna L. Durr
Dr. of Christian Ethics
Lessons XI & XII
1. Define Caritas & Cupitas
A. As used in Lesson XI and defined by Augustine, the definition of Caritas is man’s love of God. The Latin translation would be a reference to charity, virtue, or love for all.
B. Lesson IX refers to Cupitas as the love of the world. The Latin reference is to desired.
2. Knudson’s view on the disjunction of agape and eros is a false abstraction.
A. Knudson states that to exclude self-love and duties to self are non-Christian and to limit Christian love unmotivated towards others would be to create an abstract Christian ethic and fall into sentimental immoralist.
3. Text for “to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” is found in: Eph. 4-16.
4. To the Christian, the ultimate source of strength is God, who’s will is the final standard of what is good.
5. The statement: “within the immediacy of interpersonal relations lies mans greatest capacity for self giving love and his worst temptations to love” is True.
6. “Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” is found in I Cor: 10-12 in the Bible.
7. Four things that moral dullness may be the result of are:
B. Willful moral blindness
C. Unconscious self -deception
D. A mixture of the three above
8. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”, is found in Romans 12:2 in the Bible.
9. Three types of Christian actions open to us in challenging and changing the gigantic structure of social evil and social sin that infests our world are as follows:
A. Social Service=Projection of Christian love through sympathy and compassion and responding to human need.
B. Social Education=Understanding social issues that may negatively effect society. Through education and speaking truth in love can have a positive outcome on social action.
C. Political and economic= Combining coercion with love may result in justice but must be spearheaded by love, it must not be just the seeking of justice.
10. The force that is relevant to every situation is LOVE.
I found the final lesson to be one of the most interesting to me. To have the information presented in this manner and with all the detail made the history of why certain events occurred and the end result of religious suppression was thought provoking. The growth of Taoism and the Neo-Pagan faiths compared to the other faiths is encouraging to me, since I am a UU Pagan. Perhaps “Pagan” will more quickly lose the stigma of being a derogatory word in the near future. I found is interesting that Hinduism and Buddhism are holding their own as far as growth statistics are concerned. To me, that indicates more people are reaching inside for truths rather than just accepting the established dogma. The more people try to determine for themselves what religious path is best for them, the stronger and happier they will be, in my opinion, regardless of the path they eventually choose. That people are truly thinking about their religious beliefs is a positive sign.
This course was fascinating throughout. The lesson covering the parallels between Utnapishtim and Noah are remarkable as are many stories that have similar counterparts in different religions. I also found it useful to be able to more accurately determine what groups are cults and which are not with the guidelines set forth in this course.
The continuum of diverse religious acceptability was easy to understand when presented as a staircase. I had never given any thought that there are people who are unaware of any religious belief other than their own. How intriguing!! I think most people of the world have at least attained the acknowledgment step and, hopefully, in this day and time, are at the acceptance step. I see proof of this as a Pagan. Even ten years ago, the acceptance of Paganism was less than it is today, although because I live in a major Northwestern liberal city I might have a more optimistic view than if I lived in the South of Mid-West , for instance. I hope, in my lifetime, to see great strides to reach at least partial amalgamation or, perhaps, regional is a better word for my expectations.
I learned much from the lesson regarding the difference in definition between histories, fables, lore, tradition, myth and legends. I realize that, up to now, I have lumped several of them together in error. In conclusion, this is the eight course I have taken from ULC and this one has been among the most, if not the most, thought provoking course of all. Thank you, Robert Chamberlain for writing and offering this course.
Since starting this course it has taken me on a journey. I found a new partner who is spiritually minded and a Reiki healer and we have become engaged. I have also given up alcohol and feel more comfortable in my sobriety.
I have used some of the tools now in my new business. I have coached 2 people who were suffering and I guided then to do meditation and look for the answers from within.
I have started some great workshops where I do guided meditations and have used some of the techniques such as the roses and golden sun to aid me in this. I really needed the grounding cord information for this work. I believe that meditating is where we will get all our answers. I also use the Angel cards which always give people great answers. I have a larger scale workshop planned in a few weeks in the local Hairdressers and have had to ask for some help from my friend a Reiki healer and another who is into Angel cards to assist me. I will be doing a lot of goal setting and getting people to create there future and I will be opening and closing the evening with guided meditations.
Everything in this course I could relate to. I have steered away from Reiki and working with healing energies as I feel it is my path to work with the mind. I do more work with the subconscious mind. I use the meditations, affirmations, positive thinking and creative visualisation. Forgiveness is also something I apply to my work now. I believe we create everything and if we don’t forgive this will fester and becomes an illness.
I must say there was really nothing in this course that I didn’t believe in. I had some knowledge of some of course but it was fabulous to read it through in a different perspective.
I would like to thank ULC for everything they have given me. And I wish you all the love and joy you could wish for.
Rev. Yvette White