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Home > Blog > Today's Thought: God and Pleasure
Out of Our Minds
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 8:57 PM
Today's Thought: God and Pleasure
Anita Sharpe on Life

'The stewardship model tells us that God is 'out there': it is theistic. God is an absentee landlord, and we are here to do God's dirty work and steward the earth. Therefore, we have a duty-oriented morality -- but you cannot arouse people by duty.

'Aquinas said that you change people by delight, you change people by pleasure.' -- Matthew Fox (from Wrestling With the Prophets)


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Dave - 1/19/2005 5:56:03 AM
Thanks for sharing this Anita. Weaving religious rhetoric in biz speak is always a delicate dance.

Another example of this sort of dance can be found at Todd Storch's Business Thought Blog. He is running week long series on Customer Service: How Can it Improve? Bren of Slacker Manager fame lays down a fantastic piece, comparing the Beatitudes and Customer Service.

http://toddstorch.typepad.com/business/
bill - 1/18/2005 9:23:20 PM
Let us not forget that these are not necessarily mutually exclusive. After all it can feel good to do good for both others and our environment.

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