PDF: A New Role For The Clergy?

By: Alton C. Thompson

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Moral codes (and the legal codes that tend to parallel them) are created to contribute to the general welfare of a society. However, the general welfare is not just a function of individual and/or organizational behavior. This leaves us with the question: Given the existence of “other” factors, and the desirability of countering them in some way, (a) how should they be countered, and (b) who should have the responsibility of doing so?

I herein answer the second question by asserting that theclergy should assume that responsibility—which explains the title that I have given to this essay. Before specifying a (new) role for the clergy (and providing a rationale for it), however, I need to explore the fact that “the general welfare is not just a function of individual and/or organizational behavior.” In making that statement I am not excluding reference to such decision-making, but am focusing on the “products” of such decision-making rather than the decision-making per se—there is an important difference, and I will attempt to illustrate it here.

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About the author: Al Thompson works (data management) for an Engineering (Avionics) firm in Milwaukee. Click here to mail him.