Thursday, February 2, 2012

Brawling priests: why piety can cause vice

The column's complemented by a 'rant' on ABC1's 'The Drum', 6pm-7pm weekdays. You can watch the video above.

Prompted by brawling Holy Land priests, I'm arguing that piety can actually encourage vice, as the means (incantations, clothes, genuflections) are mistaken for the ends (a cultivated psyche).  A sample:
what begins as a quest for reverence becomes dogmatism and vice. The good Christian becomes less like Christ, and more like the priests who judged him: more interested in institutional codes than virtue. "Those who set up piety as their ultimate aim and goal," wrote Goethe, "mostly end up becoming hypocrites." Habits harden, and the psyche is left unimproved.
(Photo: Byztex)

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