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February 04, 2006

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Francisco

I wonder though, how come Evolution is based, not on good deeds, but on effort.
How can we, humans, after seing five million years of cannibalism, say that the will of God is to give food to others?
Surely, effort counts on each one of us, surely society advances through science much more than by good deeds.
I am a proffesional of Law, and all I can see is that Law defines itself as the adaptative tool for the forming of society: no Law, certainly, not a good Law, would ever pretend, as the biblical/coranic rules of morality and law do, that it is there forever, that it is unchangable: this makes it automatically anti-scientific.
Therefore, the best would be for you to devote yourself to Politics, and the study of Economy, ... if you really want to improve the economical condition of human being.

With respect to God, yes, but He is the Spirit, and He is love, let us ask Him to give us His presence, and let us talk serious with respect to our survival.

I think God would be much happier, and certainly more seeked by humans, if we only accepted that He has never given any rule of law, and, or, morality, for by so doing, all we have inherited from religion is a guilt conscience, fear, and anxiety.

God, and Christ, wants us to liberate ourselves from this problems of conscience which stems from religion and its morality definitions, and concentrate in Him, his warmth, his presence. All the rest is civil society, which should be directed by ourselves, improved by our social efforts, by science, and the change of law by democracies.

God bless,

Teresa Polk

Francisco, thank you for commenting! I love to get comments from Europe. I too am a legal professional, which also made your comments interesting.

I think greater change comes about when people's hearts are moved by love. When people begin to seek to know and do God's will, and see that much of God's will is based in love, they begin to act in accordance with the values supported by love much more readily than when the same values are imposed only by laws.

As for politics and law being greater sources of positive social change than the Church, I would disagree. People are more powerfully motivated from within, when an ethic becomes their own, than they are from externally imposed values, when the laws impose something on them from the outside. Changing the laws does not change people’s hearts.

However, I also want to assure you that the Catholic faith, as a whole, includes concerns of justice and of active involvement in social change.

Moreover, the Church would agree with you to the extent that there is development of Catholic doctrine over the centuries. Cardinal Newman wrote a good bit about that, to name one. Of course, there are many things that do not change over centuries. You might be interested in an essay titled "Development and Negation" by Michael Liccione on the Pontifications blog, which touches on this issue:

http://catholica.pontifications.net/?page_id=1415

There are many things that remain consistent in the law too, and things that you will find governed by laws in different parts of the world, different centuries, and different cultures. Among those would be that there are laws against murder, laws against rape, laws against theft, and so forth -- although the details of those laws certainly change from culture to culture and era to era.

I encourage you to follow the link in the post to Deus Caritas Est and read all of it. This post addresses mostly the mystical and theoretical part. Much of it deals with the issues of politics and justice that may be of interest to you.

Catholicism always includes both contemplation and action, both faith and practice. This post considers primarily the contemplative side of that component, and not all of Deus Caritas Est.

By way of setting this post in context, it is one of a series of posts related to Benedict XVI’s enclyclical Deus Caritas Est and to St. Teresa of Avila’s Meditations on the Song of Songs. This one (“Love and the Will of God”) is about the contemplative side of Pope Benedict XVI, considered together with the writings of two Carmelite saints. The first one was “The Controversy of Love”, about how both the Pope and St. Teresa of Avila encountered some controversy when they wrote about romantic and spiritual love. The last was “A Good and a Better Wine”, on the active side of St. Teresa of Avila, shown in her Meditations on the Song of Songs.

So if your concerns are more political and active, I would suggest that you look at the entire encyclical and perhaps at the other two posts. Here are links for those posts:

http://blog-by-the-sea.typepad.com/blog_bythesea/2006/02/the_controversy.html

http://blog-by-the-sea.typepad.com/blog_bythesea/2006/02/a_good_or_bette.html

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