That is, the Beck word. Long but interesting piece here:
The short version - Beck made an ass of himself and compared Reform Judaism to Muslim Extremists, was flabbergasted that people would suggest he was calling Jews terrorists, and had to issue an apology to cover his ass. The link goes to an editorial in a Jewish paper talking about why the apology didn't mean much, since what he really was trying to say was complete BS, too.
That out of the way, I don't really care what you think about Beck and what he did - there's a whole P&CE section for you to start your own question there. I am interested in something the editorial author wrote:
" Christians have a particular view of what it means to be a religion — it isn't necessarily one that matches up well with Judaism. Because Christianity is the dominant (i.e. more populous) religion in the USA, it is that view of religion which most people understand. But it's not the only one. That view of religion claims that it is belief which is the central driving force behind spirituality. Let me be clear: I am not claiming that Christians think that one should not do what they call "works" — what I am saying is that "works" are derived from belief for Christians. For Jews, on the other hand, spirituality is derived from praxis - behaving a particular way. Just in case anyone missed it, what Beck did was criticize Reform Judaism for being more like traditional Judaism - grounding its spirituality in behavior."
He goes on to make a similar comparison to Islam - that the 5 pillars require ones behavior to represent them spiritually.
Is it a Christian trait - to attemp to fit other religions into boxes that mesh with Christianity's rules, or is that actually something everyone does, regardless of what religion they practice (or don't practice), and it just seems more common to Christianity since, as he points out, there's so many more of them running around?Answer Question
Answer by rkoloms at 5:02 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by emptynstr at 7:28 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:07 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 9:10 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by pam19 at 9:13 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:42 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Wait- why didn't the profanity filter catch the B word? [soyousay]
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 9:50 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:54 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by KristiS11384 at 11:45 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
I think we all, irregardless of religious views and/or affiliations, tend to filter our understanding of others through what we already comprehend. Whether it's squishing things into boxes or not, I'm not sure, but it's a matter of viewing through the lens of our own context. It takes work and concerted effort to look beyond our own experiences and accept a different concept. Some people are willing to do the work. Others aren't or aren't capable. Who falls into which category is not inclusive of any one faith-related grouping.
Answer by ldmrmom at 1:04 PM on Mar. 4, 2011
Next question overall
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