Lordship, Parameters and Paradigms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction: Tensions in Western Society that set the context of life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grace, the higher; Nature, the lower

 

 

 

 

 

 

God, the Creator

Heaven and Heavenly things

 

The Created

Earth and Earthly things

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unseen and its influence on the earth

The Visible and what happens in a cause-and-effect way

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolutes which give existence and morals meaning

Individual things and particular acts of human beings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1750-1850

 

1850-1930

 

1930-2003

Grace

Providence

 

Sacred

Salvation

 

Nature

Progress

 

Secular

Success

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.Renaissance

Grace

Heavenly

Vertical

 

 

 

Nature

Earthly

Horizontal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Science

Spiritual

Metaphysical

Moral

 

Explanation

 

Corporeal

Mechanical

Technological

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Politics

Church

Religious

Private

Individualism

Responsibility

 

State

Civil

Public

Collectivism

Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on theology

Equality of opportunity

 

Based on power struggle

Equality of outcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Capitalism

Salvation

Moral Dominion

Stewardship

 

Success

Technological Exploitation

Material Accumulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.Corporation

Family

Personal

Cooperation

 

 

 

Corporation

Impersonal

Competition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morality

Freedom

Quality

 

 

 

Legality

Control

Quantity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Industrial Revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craftsmanship

Unique

 

Person

 

 

Mass Production

Interchangeable

Animal Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1750-1850

 

1850-1930

 

1930-2003

 

 

 

 

F. Industrial Revolution (Continued)

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Meaning

 

Leader

 

 

Number

Function

 

Boss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. Economics

Production

Supply

 

 

Needs

 

Consumption

Demand

 

 

Wants

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. Religion

Supernatural

Revealed

Objective

 

Propositions

 

Natural

Discovered

Subjective

 

Symbols

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcendent

Authority

Christianity

 

Universal

 

Immanent

Opinion

Religion in general

Particular

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. Lifestyle

Work ethic

Future time orientation

Independence

Persuasion

 

Sociability

Present time orientation

Conformity

Propaganda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puritan Morality

Asceticism

 

Holiness

Theoretical

 

Moral Relativism

Hedonism

 

Happiness

Practical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devotion

Meditation

 

Involvement

Ought

 

Diversion

Medication

 

Observation

Is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural

Durable

 

Cosmos

Risk

 

Artificial

Disposable

 

Chaos

Security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving People

Using Things

I-Thou

Authentic

Ultimate

 

Loving Things

Using People

I-It

Inauthentic

Immediate

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Education

Education

Why

Teaching Persons,Adapting system to student

 

Training

How

Teaching Subjects, Adapting student to system

 

 

 

 

 

 

K. Marriage

Covenant

Agape love

Until death do us part, As long as we shall live

 

Contract

Eros love

Until the thrill is gone, As long as we shall love

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Church

Authority

Scripture

Salvation

 

 

 

Scripture

Means

Mercy

 

 

 

Tradition

End

Merit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morality

Worship

 

Responsibility

 

Inward

Heart

 

Involvement

 

 

Outward

Lips

 

Withdrawal

 

 

 

 

1750-1850

 

1850-1930

 

1930-2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

L. Church (Continued)

Ambition

 

Image

 

 

 

Godís glory

 

Body of Christ

 

 

Our glory

 

Not for Profit Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

M. Ministry

Ministry

Servant

 

Spiritual Blessing

 

Entertainment

Celebrity

 

Personal Pleasure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Crucifixion

Affecting Society

 

 

Self Expression

Reflecting Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N. Evangelism

God Centered

 

God is King who will save you

 

Man Centered

 

God is friend who will help you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humanity is dead and lost

God holds the key

 

 

Humanity is sick/ignorant

Man holds the key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christís Lordship is essential

Message Centered

Christ as Lord

 

Christís Lordship is optional

Man Centered

Jesus as Savior

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion: At the turn of the century diseases were responsible for most deaths; in 2003 the majority of deaths are life-style related.

 

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