Hi Micah, I love what you say in “The Infinite Morality of Jesus.” But aren’t you essentially agreeing with me? For example:
“This is what Jesus does, not only moving away from clean and unclean foods, but moving away from regulations based on exterior actions… At a fundamental level, [Jesus] does away with finite rules and laws altogether… Jesus is stating that love is the core of the Law, and everything else is implementation…”
What you call “implementation” is what I call “geography and zoning norms.” But some zoning norms make people unhappy for no reason. For example, Catholic priests can’t marry and have a family, which causes a lot of useless suffering, and not only to the priests themselves. Therefore, in my opinion, some zoning norms violate the core of the Law — love.
Of course, today’s Christianity has moved a long way from the Law of Moses (which, as you say, was created for an ancient tribal society). But I have the impression that today’s organized, mainstream Christianity is still far from the infinite morality of Jesus. I hope the Christian Transhumanist Association will help Christianity advance a few steps on the road.
Re “ I suspect that communities generally do need some local zoning laws in order to function. I wouldn’t say that God is above those — I would say that God advocates an ethic within which local zoning laws must be continually revised and reconsidered over time.”
In other words, God IS above any static set of local zoning laws. I agree that local zoning laws can have useful functions, but I think Jesus’ Law of love should come first, and inspire a continuous reconsideration and revision of local zoning norms.
But you said it yourself elsewhere, many Christians are famous for condemning things that Jesus was famous for doing.