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Title Ends and means in conflict
Subject Nuclear warfare--Moral and ethical aspects; War--Moral and ethical aspects; War--Religious aspects; War and emergency powers--United States; Ends and means
Description The 49th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Firmage, Edwin Brown
Publisher Division of Continuing Education, University of Utah
Date 1987-10-15
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier http://content.lib.utah.edu/u?/reynolds,1147
Source U263 .F57 1987
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Ends and means in conflict," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description 40 EDWIN B. FIRMAGE than love. For few people are our objects of love within the family. If we love as God loves then love makes no biological or racial, national, or religious distinction. Starving children are my children, ignorant children are my children. Burning children are my children. The family no less than the state can become an idol, a form of extension of self and hence self-worship. So too any economic order. It is curious that any religion could ever consider one who thought that camels traversed the eye of a needle with more ease than rich men entered Heaven to be the founder of marketplace economics. By what strange logic do we think that the avaricious pursuit of worldly riches somehow comes out in macro-spirituality to accomplish the greater good? We have a powerful and abundant economic system. But it is not always fair. It is never automatically compassionate. It is not above appropriate criticism from our churches. Every great spiritual leader of whom I am aware has spoken of the spiritual path as being movement toward less and less rather than more and more. Meister Eckhart, the great Dominican mystic, said that "The process of soul-making has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition." Being spiritually poor must have something to do with lack of attachment to things. In a real sense, in national security as well as in economics and social justice, our safety may lie in our defenselessness, our growth in our self-abnegation. If in our fearfulness we arm ourselves to the teeth, like Goliath, our fears surely will be projected upon another. We in turn will fulfill his worst fears and an arms race is underway. Any state fearfully prepossessed with its own security, seeing foreign enemies with aggressive intent, when in reality there is simply another fearful state, is a state whose vulnerability is in its own core. Religion must do more than anoint the economic order and bless the missiles.68 Following the lead of the American Catholic Bishops and the United Methodist Bishops, religious leaders must protect their 68 Firmage, Allegiance and Stewardship: Holy War, Just War, and the Mormon Tradition in the Nuclear Age, 16 Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 47 (Spring 1983); Violence and the Gospel: The Teachings of the Old and New Testaments, 25 BYU Studies 31 (1985); Discipleship in the Nuclear Era, Sunstone 8 (Jan. 1987); Allegiance and Stewardship, 42 Christianity and Crisis (Mar. 3, 1982); National Security, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, BYU Monograph Series (1986).
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Source Original Manuscript: Ends and means in conflict by Edwin B. Firmage.
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