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Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

Standing Against The Ecumenical Monoculture

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.

Judge not the LORD by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; GOD is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.

--William Cowper

Friday, December 02, 2005


Why should you stand against the ecumenical monoculture? Part 4

The Ecumenical Monoculture is Exclusive Part 3
This is a continuation of the illustration laid forth in the previous post.
"[The Church] does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence'." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 82.) Within postmodernism there can be no certainty about truth; all truth is relative, situated, and constructed.
"The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, supreme, full, immediate, and universal power in the care of souls" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 937)
'For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 882) The ecumenical monoculture cannot tolerate the absolute and universal power described within the two previous statements. Such absolute and universal statements are seen as intolerant and reprehensible by the monoculture. The ecumenical monoculture will not tolerate the Catholic Church.
Hinduism is one of the most inclusive religions in the world. While it is based upon the revealed knowledge of the Vedas, it embraces numerous religious traditions and is divided into several diverse sects. Despite its various sects one thing is true for all Hindus they believe that all humans are reincarnated until their good actions are so plentiful that they are released from the cycle of reincarnation and become apart of a universal spirit. With 98% of all Hindus, living on the Indian subcontinent it is unlikely that the ecumenical monoculture will ever oppose Hinduism. Postmodernists, however, should oppose the universal claim that all humanity is trapped in the cycle of reincarnation, because it makes a universal claim.
The Shahada, one of the five pillars of Islam, reads as follows: “La ilaha il Allah, Muhammad -ur-Rasool-Allah” (There is no true God except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.). The Shahada clearly places the Muslim truth claim in a position of superiority above all other truth claims and in his article, Shanafelt states that, “It is only when that faith is asserted as a superior form of truth beyond all others that others must object (1).” The monoculture views the exclusive claim made in the Shahada, and subsequently the Koran, as intolerant and the ecumenical monoculture will not tolerate Islam.
Judaism is monotheistic and this will not be tolerated by the pantheistic ecumenical monoculture.


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