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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Canadian Churches

Apparently every major institution in Canada is crazy, including the Churches. The largest protestant denomination in Canada has voted to discourage the purchase of bottled water. Is there some spiritual reason for this? Of course there is! The church "boldly voted" to "affirm its conviction that "water is a sacred gift that connects all life," and the privatization of water must be avoided." Here's my favorite quote: "Its value to the common good must take priority over commercial interests," said the Council. "Privatization turns a common good into a commodity, depriving those who cannot pay and further threatening local ecosystems." Apparently economics isn't a big subject in private religious schools these days. This illustrates my problem with the modern church perfectly. Churches are spending their time on trendy but wrongheaded policy prescriptions, while ignoring those that it is called to help. Instead of trying to make sure that people in Canada and elsewhere to help the needy, the church makes a useless statement based on a nice sounding but economically foolish principle (that privatization is inherently a bad thing in these cases). I'm not going to attack the econ of the idea, because that would take some time. I'm just going to remark that maybe the church should find more important issues, and actually DO something. For once.


While I agree with you that Canadian churches would be better off doing real charity work than making a statement against the privatization of water, I would say that in many cases this kind of nonsense comes about because churches have forgotten their primary purpose of bearing witness to God's truth.

I think that in general, western churches have become too human-centered in their religiosity, particularly in their understanding of God's love. The kind of God that a lot of churches preach is one I find hard to respect, let alone worship.
It's hard to not be "human centered" when the aim of religion is to save your/our soul.

Worship and faith become subsumed to that desperate need for salvation.
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