On the Church Adapting to the World
January 2, 2009 § 18 Comments
I was recently in a discussion – more as observer than participant – where the typical canard “the Church supported slavery” was raised. Maybe I am getting old – well, there is little doubt about that – but the more I see that kind of thing the more self evidently ridiculous it looks. Inevitably the commenter is trying to make the point that the Church needs to adapt to the world, and therefore approve of homosexual sex and divorce and contraception and such.
I suppose there is a kind of consistency in saying “The Church once went along, as a historical matter of non-doctrinal practice in the world, with some despicable things. Therefore the Church should now go along with the despicable things I want it to go along with”. But it just doesn’t strike me as very bright. I mean, I agree that sodomy and divorce and contraception and such are moral abominations on the same order as chattel slavery. I just don’t see how that translates into an argument in favor of supporting them.