Hi Micah, I love what you say in “The Infinite Morality of Jesus.”
Giulio Prisco

Yes, I’m mostly agreeing with you. I’m suggesting that recognizing the relativity of local zoning laws is already part of the intrinsic worldview of the New Testament — though this is often unrecognized in popular Christianity.

One thing that’s interesting about the regulations on Catholic priests is that the Catholic Church doesn’t even believe this is an absolute moral law. It’s simply a regulation they find useful, and it could change in the future. Pope Francis has stated this explicitly.

So I tend to view this in a similar way to my view of the Amish. I think it’s beneficial in a “scientific sense” for different communities to try out different things — even strange and difficult things — to see what works best over the long term.

Personally, I don’t see how priestly celibacy is a beneficial idea, but they could yet prove me wrong. Nor do I believe that running your power tools entirely on pneumatic pumps (as the Amish do) is a more beneficial approach — but there may well be some hidden benefit to that expertise that we have yet to see.

Diversity in this way can almost be a sort of insurance policy and protection against large-scale disasters of various kinds.

So I tend to view these things in a mostly positive light. At the same time, I was raised in a “bible-believing church” that had no patience or tolerance for merely human tradition. So my attempt has always been to get as close as possible to the absolute, and to live as much as I can by the pure infinite morality of Jesus.

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