Talk:Religion in the United States
As a longtime member, I feel that Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church is by no means "world-denying". Rather, it places emphasis on right conduct during one's earthly life based on the church belief in life after death in the spirit world. That is, the church theology denies materialism but avoids the Medieval (monastic?) viewpoint that the human body or life in earth is without value.
Perhaps it is due to the aspect of preparing for the next world that some religions have gotten a reputation of being "otherwordly". Anyway, the core of the church's teaching is that all people should cooperate to make the Kingdom of God on earth: that in itself contradicts the idea that it is "world-denying".
But *sigh* I may be biased and not even know it! Do I have to register as an 'informant' or something? --Ed Poor 16:47, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
- I think you should just write what you think is a more accurate description. I'm sure you will know it if people object. Chris Day 16:49, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
- I removed the world-denying and world-affirming aspects; these are inherently subjective. To avoid getting into issues of Christian politics, a Buddhist might be very involved in life, but also regard his current life as transitional. From his perspective, he's simply regarding the world as a part of a larger reality. Howard C. Berkowitz 16:57, 26 January 2009 (UTC)