The Mormon Newsroom recently ran a 5-part series of articles about Why Religion Matters. Of course, the PR arm of a large Church is going to believe that religion matters. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just dismiss the series. It really is a good read.
- Part 1: Why Religion Matters: The Longing Within
- Part 2: Why Religion Matters: Making Selves Out of Others
- Part 3: Why Religion Matters: The Twinned Life of Family and Faith
- Part 4: Why Religion Matters: The Salt of Society
- Part 5: Why Religion Matters: The Ground We Walk On
One of my favourite quotes from the series is from Making Selves Out of Others:
And yet a principle found in many religions is that there is little separation between you and the people around you. Jesus Christ put the charge quite simply: “love thy neighbor as thyself.” In other words, your well-being is much more than aloof personal freedom; it is tied to your neighbor’s well-being also. And so, religious institutions can be helpful junctures where two cooperating impulses meet — the desire for individual purpose and the desire for communal belonging. Like all human goods, these impulses fit within a balance.