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12 November 2004 @ 10:04 am
The key fact I was missing  

I must have been fuzzy with tired last night when I made my previous post, How was I to know?, because it appears I palmed a card without even noticing I did so. That is to say, yes, Paul wasn't referring to the prevailing civil law of his time but to the Law = Torah and laws = mitzvot (the 613 commandments found in the Torah).

Still, I can't help but wonder if this teaching regarding one set of laws doesn't encourage a disrespect for all laws. Kind of, "Hey, I have faith—I don't need no stinkin' laws…." It would certainly explain the attitudes and behaviors of any number of people.

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Grateful Dead: Wake Of The Flood
Carol Kennedy: mecakmpls on November 12th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: contrariwise
Whether or not one who was raised Roman Catholic was trained not to ask questions depends entirely on who did the training. Trust me on this one.
Stephen Leighsleigh on November 13th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: contrariwise
Indeed. Those with any Jesuit contact or influence, for instance, are very comfortable asking questions.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on November 16th, 2004 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: contrariwise

Yup. Trust you. You're in a position to know after all.

A question, though. Does it depend on who did the teaching or who the student was? Or perhaps even some subtle combination of the two? 'cause, knowing you, I can't imagine that you were ever an "average" or "normal" student.

Carol Kennedycakmpls on November 16th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
Re: contrariwise
Definitely the teacher, but probably the student, too. There are both highly intellectual and anti-intellectual threads in Catholicism, as well as the variants in between.

Catholic schoolkids have a long tradition of making up convoluted situations to ask "Father" about when he comes to visit their classroom. "Father, if you're stranded on an island . . ." is the way many of them begin. From these scenarios I learned that while hard cases may make bad law, they can make good moral guides.