Mainline Protestants – this includes such Protestant groups as “mainline denominations,”
which consist of Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Disciples of
Christ, and other groups. Protestants and many Catholics have come to regard American
Catholicism as a mainline denomination and sometimes to regard branches of Judaism, Islam,
Buddhism, and others.
Religion – a unifying power, a center of meaning, a supreme, or pivotal, value in the life of
the individual or group.
Luther’s concept of god: “Trust and faith of the heart alone make both God and idol.
Whatever your heart clings to and relies on, that is what really is your God.”
Authentic – meaningful, real to the person, and of great and unique importance to the person.
To be authentic, person’s life must be governed by the religion’s pivotal value.
Hypocrites – when people profess to hold some pivotal value or values and their conduct
seems to contradict their profession.
Polytheism – there are many gods.
Monotheism – there is just one God.
In the Christian
Apostle’s Creed, powerful expression is given to the Christian belief that the
Good of Christian worship is Lord of all life. God is confessed as being Creator, Savior, and
Redeemer, Deliverer, and Lord of all life, God and Lord in the present and in every future,
The Apostle Paul: “There are some who have been so accustomed to idolatry that even now
they eat this food with a sense of its heathen consecration, and their conscience is polluted by
the eating. If food be the downfall of my brother, I will never eat meat any more, for I will be
not the cause of my brother’s downfall.”
Dr. King’s last public speech was delivered in support of a sanitation workers’ strike in
Memphis, Tennessee. King pointed out not only the social need of the time but also that
individual wholeness is never separate from corporate wholeness.
“The question is no, “If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?” “If I do
not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?” That’s the question.”
He said that there is an abiding triumph that the individual shares when individual and group
faith and action issue in corporate and individual wholeness – “the Promised Land.”
“And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the
promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a
people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about
anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the
Bonhoeffer interpreted faith as “Something whole, involving the whole of one’s life.” Faith
meant “taking risks for others.” For such a faith in Christ, Bonhoeffer risked himself – gave
himself for others – and in this way experiences wholeness as an individual.
Trotsky – one of the most brilliant Marxist thinkers of the 20th century. The son of a