The Philosophy Of Theology And Culture Essay

1671 Words Apr 26th, 2016 null Page
Throughout human history, theology has been meant to be a source of hope, giving meaning to our lives. It has also been meant to serve as guidelines on how to morally live our lives and shape our culture to act according to God’s will. However, culture and theology have conflicted with each other, creating confusion on what place theology holds in our culture, and vice versa. What, if anything, do culture and theology contribute to one another? If humanity fails to address this crucial question, we are bound to repeat the same mistakes that have been committed for thousands of years. The purpose of our culture is to give people complete freedom to act in accordance with God’s will. Theology has the purpose of shaping our culture and lives, without infringing on the religious values of others. One important way in which theology and culture interact is through the concept of memory. This concept is brought to light as Candace Kristina McLean presents the philosophies of Metz and Nietzsche concerning this interaction of theology and culture. In the context of this paper, memory is defined as a society remembering those who have passed before us, especially those who have suffered due to wrongdoings by mankind. Nietzsche argues that memory holds back the progress of humanity, as it is rooted in the Judeo-Christian faiths that promotes guilt. McLean explains that “True happiness for him means that a person fully lives as who he or she is, without the constraints of morality or…

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