But perhaps he falls into his own form of moralism
, his own nostalgia for an America that never really existed, when he seems to posit the existence of an Edenic country that was once free of the corrupting embrace of the rest of the world.
Another of the new realists, Raymond Geuss, also sees moralism
as an obstacle to realistic politics.
The issue is not only that an imposed moralism
, even if its morality is upstanding, does not befit the freedom of the children of God, a freedom that requires all morality to be freely chosen not imposed externally The issue is how we see and understand ourselves and present ourselves as Catholics.
The first stems from Husak's observation that legal moralism
is the "most important rival" to his own minimalist theory .
Fullinwider parses moralism
in the pejorative sense--from now on I will drop the qualifier, as this will be the only sense at issue--as 'judgmentalism', 'the habit of uncharitably and officiously passing judgment on other people' (9).
Archbishop Gomez's claim that "The gospel must take precedence over culture," is a two-edged sword which cuts through cant and moralism
in Africa as much as in the West.
Much as we might wish the administration had orchestrated events so the inspectors had a year instead of three months, much as we deplore the arrogance and binary moralism
, much as we worry about all the things that could go wrong, we are hard pressed to see an alternative that is not built on wishful thinking.
Perhaps this painful story will help more preachers (like myself) to back away from the easy answers and binary thinking that are so easy to dispense and to reject the simplistic moralism
Jesus diagnosed in the Pharisees who, he said, loaded up burdens on the backs of others that they themselves couldn't bear.
Very often it looks as if the church reduces goodness to moralism
. Of course, morality is extremely important.
The reprint of Bishop Bo Giertz's novel The Hammer of God (Augsburg, $17.95), a work of fiction set in three different periods in the Swedish village Odesjo (1808, 1878-1880, 1937-1840), stresses the bad effects of deserting confessional Lutheran theology for legalistic moralism
. In each case the young pastor is helped by older pastors who stress what Henric Schartau and/or Carl Olof Rosenius offer in recovering evangelical theology.
Though Hawthorne was known for his Puritan - influenced moralism
and melancholy stories, his relationship with Sophia was tender and passionate.
The "controversy" certainly went back at least to California in the 1950's and 60's when Harry Hay and Jim Kepner, foreseeing opportunistic moralism
and "lesbiterianism," warned against excluding those deemed scandalous.