Category Archives: Religious pluralism

IS “ORGANIZED RELIGION” HELPFUL TO A VITAL FAITH?

Growing numbers of people in the Western world no longer believe so. And for good reasons, even if not decisive ones. There is a distressing sameness about the history of most religious institutions. Typically, they begin with exquisite sensitivity to … Continue reading

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PUTTING CONTROVERSIES ASIDE FOR THE SAKE OF FAITH

Every religion contains diverse understandings of both the personhood and the message of its founder. This should in no way, however, undermine the integrity and rejoicing with which each religion offers its understandings to the world. Buddhism, for example, includes … Continue reading

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IS “ORGANIZED RELIGION” HELPFUL TO A VITAL FAITH?

Growing numbers of people in the Western world no longer believe so. And for good reasons, even if not decisive ones. There is a distressing sameness about the history of most religious institutions. Typically, they begin with exquisite sensitivity to … Continue reading

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“COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER”: IS IT STILL POSSIBLE?

In politics, rational discussion may be an idea past its prime. Reasoning together about social issues has become more pretense than inquiry, and its end winning rather than discovering. But what about in religion? After all, this invitation comes from … Continue reading

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DOES GOD REALLY LET PEOPLE “PERISH”?

Sometimes it helps to take even short biblical passages in small doses. Consider, for example, this one: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have … Continue reading

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RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

Many believers pay no heed at all to religious traditions other than their own. Convinced that their way is the only way to salvation, they feel no need to. Respectful engagement with  diverse religious persuasions, however, is a crucial imperative … Continue reading

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