My latest piece on MercatorNet examines a variety of religious responses to the problem of lust and desire. Or rather, it suggests that a variety of religions converge on a single response to this very human problem:
Morality is not essentially a matter of stopping human beings from doing the very worst to one another; rather, it is the most obvious and external guide and marker of spiritual discipline and cultivation. Notwithstanding the intense and irreconcilable theological and philosophical differences between religious sects, they exhibit a remarkable convergence in their depiction of the relationship between desire and spiritual discipline.
This convergence ought to be as unremarkable as the observation that elite athletes in every sport eschew laziness, indulgent eating, and complacence. But our ignorance of other religions prohibits us from recognising these commonalities, while our ignorance of our own religious heritage leaves us with only the most rudimentary understanding of religious morality.