[thechat] Islam -- alcohol

Luther, Ron Ron.Luther at hp.com
Wed Dec 18 07:25:00 CST 2002

<small voice chiming in>

I would agree with rigidity interfering with true spirituality.
(I might even go a tad farther and suggest that the flexibility
of being open to the 'new' is a requirement for true spirituality.)

I would also agree with (what I think was kinda saying) that the
discipline of ritual can promote a sense of 'belonging', 'culture'
(small "c" as in 'corporate culture'), or 'community'.

For me, personally though, the 'rigidity of organized religion'
wasn't half as annoying as the lack of 'quality control'. If a
religion has 'hard and fast' rules ... then they need to be applied
in a consistent fashion - and not according to the whimsical
interpretation of whatever minor official happens to be on hand.
{Sorry for the rant - it's been a longtime burr under my saddle.}


(Hijaaking threads since ... <looks around /> ... Oh my, what a pretty sky!)

-----Original Message-----
From: Erika Meyer [mailto:emeyer at lclark.edu]

Chris Marsh wrote:

>I agree, and the [general] rigidity of organised religion is what I see
>as causing all the problems. *sigh* Why can't we all just get along...

Personally, I think rigidity interferes with true spirituality.   But
discipline can be good. I think that rigidity is not unique to
religion, for example, the workplace, schools, other institutions can
be rigid as well.

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