Douglass Blvd Christian Church

an open and affirming community of faith

n open and affirming community where faith is questioned and formed, as relationships are made and upheld. 

Sunday, July 19

Hey folks! In an act of shameless self-promotion, I want to announce that I will be subbing for Rev. Derek this coming Sunday (July 19) as teacher of the adult Sunday School class that meets upstairs at 9:30 am. After consultation with Derek, I will be leading us in a discussion of theories regarding the relationship between God, religion, and morality. My understanding is that I may be doing this for multiple Sundays, depending of course upon class interest and Derek's desire to have us discuss other topics upon his return. I encourage all of you to come, not because what I have to say is all that interesting, but because our group of regulars never fails to make our discussions lively and exciting.

As a starting point for our exploration of the relationship between God, religion, and morality, I intend for us to spend this coming Sunday considering divine command theory. If you have never heard the phrase "divine command theory," I trust that once you get the basic idea you will find it immediately recognizable. It is, in fact, one of the most common positions ordinary folks take on the relationship between religion and morality (at least in places like the U.S., where monotheisms are the predominant religions). Many of you are aware that the theory has significant problems, but regardless of where you come down on it, we all have something to learn from stopping for a while, getting together, and taking the theory seriously.

I encourage all of you to come and join our discussion!