(Brief background note: I was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1966, and was inspired to write and publish this book in 2002. I am having it republished so it can be available once again, in both print and now in electronic versions.) Church traditions, formed in previous times and places, may have quite a stagnating effect on church communities and the individuals members today in the 21st century. Earlier traditions that were constructed from a vision of early observations and understandings of an earth centric universe are not compatible with our scientific revelations now. They contradict what we now know and obscure God's intended message of compassion and love to all people in all times and places. This book points to older traditions and how they may have become harmful in the lives of individuals and communities when they remain too long. Traditionalism then causes conflict and confusion with today's growing verifiably factual understanding of our world today.Traditionalism, traditions held too long, often hinders the ability of people's advancement in personal knowledge and understanding that is important for maturity and wholeness in living well. When church tradition is elevated to the status of doctrine it begins to weaken the vitality of the church by endangering its relationship and validity in the 21st century. Christian communities who blindly follow established religion, without examining the origin of earlier traditions, are at risk of stagnation under the weight of these earlier traditions that are no longer applicable.As a follower of the historical Jesus in early Galilee, I equate the conflicts Jesus had with the Temple clergy might be a recognition of Tradition verses Traditionalism and perhaps be The Apparent Heresy of Jesus in his own day.
This book analyses the topic of protecting traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) in Latin America. It questions classic legal approaches and involves the interface of anthropology and law. The study analyses regional, national and local particularities of law on paper and law in reality. It includes personal fieldwork research in selected countries and puts light on the political, socio-economic and environmental dimension of the topic. Based upon these insights, the study gives recommendations for a more enhanced, interdisciplinary understanding and protection of TCEs. Latin America is (still) rich of cultural traditions and bio- and sociodiversity. This region is the cradle of the international discussion on protecting TCEs. The national situations are diverse and allow conclusive comparisons. Some countries have established concrete protection systems, like Panama, and made useful experiences. It is time to resume: What do TCEs really mean? Should they be protected by law and if so, how? What can we learn from the practical experiences made so far? The following is clear: The true test for any new legislation - in Latin America and elsewhere - is its impact on the everyday life.
Every novel in this collection is your passport to a romantic tour of the United States through time-honored favorites by America s First Lady of romance fiction. Each of the fifty novels is set in a different state, researched by Janet and her husband, Bill. For the Daileys it was an odyssey of discovery. For you, it s the journey of a lifetime. Your tour of desire begins with this story set in Mississippi.
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