Belarus - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & by Anne Coombes

By Anne Coombes

Tradition clever! offers crucial details on attitudes, ideals and behaviour in numerous international locations, making sure that you simply arrive at your vacation spot conscious of easy manners, universal courtesies, and delicate concerns. those concise publications inform you what to anticipate, how one can behave, and the way to set up a rapport together with your hosts. This within wisdom will assist you to stay away from embarrassing gaffes and errors, consider convinced in unexpected events, and strengthen belief, friendships, and profitable company relationships.

Culture clever! deals illuminating insights into the tradition and society of a specific nation. it's going to assist you to show your visit-whether on company or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching adventure. Contents include:

* customs, values, and traditions
* historic, spiritual, and political background
* lifestyles at home
* rest, social, and cultural life
* consuming and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* enterprise practices
* verbal exchange, spoken and unspoken

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Otherwise humanism will always be secretly theological. It will be a continuation of God by other means. God will simply live a shadowy afterlife in the form of respectable suburban morality, as indeed he does today. The infinity of Man would simply end up doing service for the eternity of God. In Faustian spirit, Man would fall in love with his own apparently boundless powers, forgetful that God in the doctrine of the Incarnation is shown to be in love with the fleshly, frail, and finite. Besotted by his own infinity, Man would find himself in perpetual danger of developing too fast, overreaching himself and bringing himself to nothing, as in the myth of the Fall.

Many reflective people these days will see good reason to reject religious belief. But even if the account I have given of it is not literally true, it may still serve as an allegory of our political and historical condition. Besides, critics of the most enduring form of popular culture in human history have a moral obligation to confront that case at its most persuasive, rather than grabbing themselves a victory on the cheap by savaging it as so much garbage and gobbledygook. The mainstream Christian theology I have outlined here may well be false; but anyone who holds to it is in my view deserving of respect.

He saw them as pretty much of a piece and condemned them both, as the Nazis and the Stalinists were to do later. D. H. Lawrence does much the same in Women in Love. Secular liberalism is in no sense the ‘‘natural’’ antidote to religious faith. The non-God or anti-God of Scripture, who hates burnt o√erings and acts of smug self-righteousness, is the enemy of idols, fetishes, and graven images of all kinds—gods, churches, ritual sacrifice, the Stars and Stripes, nations, sex, success, ideologies, and the like.

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