Thursday, May 25
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Religion offers a standard, and it can be comforting and reduce confusion to have a standard that everyone can follow in common, but that doesn't mean any particular religion has the only possible standard. All cultures have rules about sex. They don't all have the SAME rules about sex. What seems to be important is not the particulars but that people can expect consistency from others. That's a good argument for being consistent in your own actions, to have your decisions match your word, and to promote honesty, fairness and other values which reduce tension in any culture and make everything work better for everyone. Religion is ONE way to accomplish that. Religions arise from the cultural matrix to solve a problem. What solves a problem may not be enough to solve a later problem.