Comments: GS: Thursday

Merely passively 'reflecting' society, as Andreas Whittam-Smith advocates, is a weak option at the best of times. But when one considers that social change (and change of perceptions of what is acceptable) do not happen for no reason, then it is hard to think of a more economical explanation than that the change of perceptions reflects the change in what TV and media portray as normal.

Does anyone have a more economical suggestion? - as I have struggled to think of one.

Claiming to reflect society, he is in fact inextricably involved in shaping and creating it. All of us are so involved, but film censors far more than most.

To allow is not to condone; but it is to normalise. In a society where most peopel apparently cannot tell the difference between morals and mores, between ought and is (even though they are about as different as it is possible to be), that is a dangerous step.

I guess the ought/is blindspot is caused by a pre-existing moral relativism, which in turn is the child of convenience, and is not in practice upheld by any of its advocates (e.g. in cases where someone claims it is good for them to steal their phone or harm their relative).

Posted by Christopher Shell at Friday, 2 March 2007 at 12:14pm GMT

As for having Andreas Whittam-Smith in a position of responsibility in the C of E, the C of E has missed a trick. They should forthwith appoint to high ecclesiastical office John Mortimer, Paul Raymond, Alan Johnson, the leader of the Satanist church, and others who have the interests of Christ at heart. What other denomination would fail to do so?

Posted by Christopher Shell at Monday, 5 March 2007 at 12:30pm GMT
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