Religion In the Modern World

Hattip to the ever reticent Lads and Lasses at Lair of the Catholic Cavemen.  Stanford Nutting and his misadventures are brought to you by the ever-talented folks at Theater of the Word Incorporated.   All of this brought me bad flash-backs to the Seventies, when my tuition money was wasted in too many classes conducted as group encounter sessions rather than instruction on the purported subjected matter.    As for religious education, I remember an old priest I knew at the time who told me that most religious instruction as then constituted would come close to mortal sin if the extreme stupidity behind it did not vitiate the necessary mental state.  I do not think that the situation has improved overall in either sacred or profane education.

6 Responses to Religion In the Modern World

  1. Donna V says:

    Oh, dear. “Let’s put our chairs in a circle and share.” That dreaded sentence brings back just about every “religion” class I took during the dismal ’70’s. Even the “facilitator’s” sweater looks familiar. A real Ford-era facilitator would have the students making godeyes out of wool and Popsicle sticks while “Jesus Christ Superstar” plays in the background.

    Drat, Donald! I’ll probably dream tonight of my groovy h.s. religion facilitator, jean and T-shirt wearin’ Fr. Dean (“call me ‘Dean,’ girls!”) coming after me in his purple Gremlin with the Carter bumper stickers, shouting “You WILL be tolerant!”

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    The Seventies, what a kidney stone of a decade! (Don spits.) In my experience Donna, when I hear someone talking lovingly about tolerance, the chances are high they are about to attempt to slap down some individual or group “with exteme prejudice”.

  3. Tito Edwards says:

    I had a horrible flashback of four years ago of a Mass where the “priest” asked us to stand in a circle around the altar.

    Even the sweater in the video reminded me of his loud vestment he was wearing!

    Needless to say I left that “your ok, I’m ok Catholic” church for the real stuff!

    An Anglican Use of the Catholic Church parish.

  4. I think we can all remember “the good old days” hopefully they soon come to pass.

  5. Robert says:

    I grew up in the 70’s and my Catacism teaching was a coloring book discussions of feeeelllliiiinngggss.. That led me to agnostosism – alcoholism – drug addiction – profound confusion. Sobriety led me to CS Lewis – Chesterson – Fulton Sheen – A host of saints and back into the Church… I now am an advocate of the truth – it gets me trouble from time to time – But I like this kind of trouble 🙂

  6. I lost my beloved husband to lung cancer 9 years ago. By the time he was diagnosed, he was Stage !V and it had spread to his spine and brain. He continued to live his life as before, practicing his music and even joined me as we spent two years learning Hebrew before our B’Nai Mitzvahs in February 5, 2000. He died three weeks later, on February 26th.

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