Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Murderous Sect or Just Finding God in Daily Life?

Here's what Opus Dei has to say about themselves (from their home page)
"Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá. Its mission is to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society."

Thought I'd give them a platform to dispute the big challenge they face this week.


Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

I'm still alive, btw. Overwhelmed by end of year school activities.

I started reading their "Other Code" and got too annoyed. Didn't make it far.

It's FICTION, people, FICTION.

I, for one, can't wait to see the movie.

10:56 AM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

True, "The Da Vinci Code" is fiction. The problem is that both the Prioy of Sion and Opus Dei are real. Consequently, there is a matter of defamation to consider.

Furthermore, historians rely on fiction to gain an understanding of the tenor of their times.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

I'm just sick of all the grouching over this book and movie. It's such a waste of time.

Religious organizations are constantly up in arms -- they feel threatened by everything. If they are so secure in their beliefs, why throw up fusses over things like fiction? The bigger the fuss, the more it draws attention to these things anyway. If they were to brush it off with a mysterious smile, me thinks the message would get across.

5:18 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

I agree, Rinda. Maybe its a comment on our age that evangelism, a legitimate trait of Christianity, sometimes take the form of organized PR campagns designed to shout down heretical views.

If you got a rack, dear Okie, maybe it's time to take it out of mothballs. That could be a pretty lucrative home industry in ten years.

Actually, it's a pretty lucrative home industry now, but illegal in some places.

9:33 PM  
Blogger AlmightyHeidi said...

If I had to use forms of self punishment such as a clice, I think they callled it around my thigh, with metal prongs that dug into my skin, to remember that I am a 'sinner"...wahat makess it diffrent from an extremist of any other religion. If there is a god that loves us in the universe out there, so you think he would want us to do these things to ourselves? Or to enjoy our lives to the fullest remembering our blessings not our 'sins'.


8:42 AM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Heidi, you're one person who can probably understand torture better than anyone here. Someone putting themselves through that as a way to demonstrate Christ's love lies at the perimeter of my understanding. At the same time, violence makes people harsher and cruel. Without some way to process this psychologically, I would think that such practices would actually drive people further away from the Christian notion of "caritas [charity]."

3:34 PM  

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