Dec 23, 2010
In this episode, we look at fearful faith and how it can have a negative impact upon community love. Fearful faith usually has an image of God as being angry and judgmental of sinful humans. Unless we believe the right things, we are all condemned to eternal punishment. While this kind of faith is quite common, it creates problems for the experience of community love. Anger and judgmentalness may become the primary values of community love as practiced by a group that believes in fearful faith. Jane's rejection of her lifelong friend Laura shows that Jane has fearful faith. Anger and judgmentalness are directed at Laura by Jane, which may be the key values in Jane's religious community.
In the next episode we will look at joyful faith, which can provide a more positive experience of community love.
This podcast series is based on my book The Six Faces of Love which can be viewed at craigowen.net