intrinsic value

Proper 22A

October 2, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Reading 2: 
Psalm 19
Reading 3: 
Philippians 3:4b-14
Reading 4: 
Matthew 21:33-46
By Rick Marshall

Discussing the Texts

Exodus: 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

It is interesting that the lectionary omits verses 4-6, where the divine language has a very sharp edge: “I am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents.” Other verses, 10-11, are left out with no apparent reason based on the text. If I were to preach on this text, I would use verses 1-20. There is no point in ignoring difficult parts of the Bible. In fact, addressing difficult texts can often bear more fruit than a non-problematic text.

Intrinsic Value

Question: 
It is well known that process thought affirms along with Buddhism the absence of an intrinsic existence, that is, no underlying and eternal substance behind any activity. But how then does it maintain this position and at the time affirm the Jamesian account of intrinsic value?
Publication Month: 
October 2002
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

Intrinsic value without intrinsic existence.

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