This is the third entry in the Christian round of the 2012 Ideological Turing Test for Religion. In this round, the honest answers of Christians are mixed in with atheists’ best efforts to talk like Christians. It’s your job to see if you can spot the difference. The voting link appears at the end of the entry, and you can look at all entries in this round here.
When (if ever) have you deferred to your philosophical or theological system over your intuitions?
I deferred to my theological system when I first went to seminary, based on what other people saw in my as a call to ministry. My intuition was to apply to grad schools for International Relations. I am very happy that I heeded the theology of call laid out for me by people I know and trust because I would not have the amazing career and opportunities I have now, nor would I have met the people who have made my life so meaningful since that decision.
Are there people whose opinions on morality you trust more than your own? How do you recognize them? How is trusting them different than trusting someone’s opinion on physics?
My theological moral anchor is to love self and love neighbor/do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I tend to seek out the moral visions of those who have “walked a mile” in the particular situation if I am in need of guidance to help me discern the most loving action to perform or to advise.
Can you name any works of art (interpreted pretty broadly: books, music, plays, poetry, mathematical proofs, etc) which really capture the way you see life/fill you with a sense of awe and wonder? You can give a short explanation or just list a few pieces.
Handel’s Messiah; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (final movement); Mozart’s Alleluia; the Song of Solomon (not as an allegory of the church as the Bride of Christ!); Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.