By Don Foy

FIRST ideas examines the failings and damaged offers of modernism, and hopes for renewal in traditionalism. The valuable religious clash of our time is the fight among modernism and traditionalism, and the controversy over which may be our consultant. Many smooth conflicts seem intractable simply because they're hotspots in a bigger chilly battle among totally diverse frames of reference. basically by means of unearthing and studying the divergent frames do we start to se e on the way to paintings higher for us. "Thy may be performed" as opposed to "My should be done": based on First ideas, modernism and traditionalism fluctuate largely in the place they find the resource of values. Modernism believes in an inner, subjective resource; it appeals to the ego, and its can provide have captured the preferred mind's eye; yet its genuine perform finds its destructiveness. Traditionalism believes in an exterior, goal resource: "God" (or gods). Traditionalism isn't really approximately traditions, consistent with se - holding previous methods or conserving outdated rituals - yet approximately dedicating ourselves to goal Reality's plan.

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But it did take Plato, Buddha and Christ to figure it out the first few times. Religions and traditions are the way in which humanity discovered and transmitted some of its best attempts at social instruction. In this contentious material world that is our reality, especially in a culture that exalts competition, there 39 First Principles is a natural tendency for conflicts to escalate rather than for people to seek what is best for all concerned. For millennia, religion has been the source of structure that encouraged individuals to think of something greater than their own immediate gratification.

The modernists attacked marriage, parental authority, respect for churches, schools, anything that obstructed the individual absolute independence. To the modernists, these institutions were oppressive because they were institutions. This is a rather sweeping definition of oppression. To the modernist, marriage, parental authority, religious guidelines, and so on, oppressed the working masses. In fact, the absence of them oppresses the working masses. A classic example of the modernist stance against social institutions can be found in a book of essays on education.

Only to the eyes of a Kennicott [her husband] was it exceptional. The huddled low wooden houses broke the plains scarcely more than would a hazel thicket! The fields swept up to it, past it. It was unprotected and unprotecting; there was no dignity in it, nor any hope of greatness. Only the tall red grain elevator and a few tinny church steeples rose from the mass. It was a frontier camp. 16 Carol’s impressions are Lewis’s description of reality. But what a string of judgments presented as truth!

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