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Cultural Religion

“Culture is religion externalized.”

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Commonly attributed to Henry Van Til

Culture is the expression of a group of people’s core values.  Different people groups have different values and those values are defined by their religious beliefs.  All people have a religious belief even the most devoted and adamant atheist.  An atheist’s religious belief is that there is no God.

A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion

A religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe” …  “often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.”  This is why I say all people are religious whether or not they admit it or not.   Even the most violent gangs have some form of code that they live by and conduct themselves by.

So what does our culture worship?

My guess is that by watching and observing people and their interactions our culture worships “themselves”.

Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  ESV

Can others see whom you worship by observing your life?



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