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Why did the chicken cross the road?Grandpa: In my day we didn’t ask why the chickencrossed the road. Somebody told us the ...
Why did the dinosaur cross the road?   What do you get when you cross a chicken with a                   cement mixer?Why ...
Laughter is one of the ways we cope withdiscrepancies in our lives. There is a dream we allhave for this world, and then t...
Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed walking together ... not in a         joke, but in reality: in frie...
Where you can’t follow some of my proposals, I plead   only that you pursue - in your own way, according to thelines of re...
Why Christian identity?                  1. I have 56 years of experience with it.2. It’s the religion claimed by 33% of t...
Starting Point:
We already know how to do 2 things quite well:
We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian  identity that is hostile toward  people o...
We have the only way.             STRONG-You are going to hell.              HOSTILEWe are God’s chosen.You worship false ...
We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian  identity that is hostile toward  people o...
it doesn’t matter what you believe.all religions are the same.all roads lead to god.only sincerity matters.doctrines divid...
We haven’t yet learned ...to have a strong Christian identity                that is benevolent           toward other rel...
Because I Follow Jesus, I love you.I move toward “the other.”I break down walls of hostility.i stand with you in solidarit...
A Discovery:
Misconception:Our religious differences keep us apart.
Actuality:It is not our religious  differences that keep us apart,  but rather a haunting religious  similarity ... that w...
Give people a common enemy, and you willgive them a common identity. Deprive themof an enemy and you will deprive them oft...
Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality, not hostility, to the other?           strong-...
Give people a common enemy, and you will give them acommon identity. Deprive them of an enemy and you willdeprive them of ...
But how?
Four Challenges     2. Doctrinal    3. Liturgical     4. Missional
Four Challenges    1. Historical     2. Doctrinal    3. Liturgical     4. Missional
Why don’t we all get along?
From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidthttp://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the...
... The key to understanding tribal behavior isnot money, it’s sacredness. The great trick thathumans developed at some po...
Our Christian history is, among other things, the                                     story of howour symbols, practices, ...
Farther back, Rene Girard and others remind us,  violence is at the root of all government and all                        ...
1. Imitation2. Rivalry3.Violence and Anxiety4. Scapegoating & Sacrifice5. Religion, Prohibitions, Ritualization6. Priests ...
1495      2nd Voyage Return Cargo: 1600      male and female Taino slaves for                                Spain    “It ...
The Spaniards who remained in Hispaniola wereencouraged to take Taino slaves “in the amountdesired.” Columbus himself gave...
- An eyewitness in the early 1500’s  As a result of the sufferings and hard labor theyendured, the Indians choose and have...
Of the estimated 300,000 Taino alive whenColumbus “discovered” them in 1492, about 12,000remained in 1516, fewer than 200 ...
“Here those Christiansperpetrated their first ravagesand oppression against thenative peoples. This was thefirst land in t...
The 16th-Century conquests of the ConquistadorsThe 4th-Century conquests of Constantine
From Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”:“[Constantine] said that about noon,when the day was already beginningto decline, ...
“In hoc signo vinces”IN THIS SIGN CONQUER?CONVERT BY THE SWORD?DOMINATE?COLONIZE?ASSIMILATE?INVADE AND OCCUPY?KILL?TERRORI...
At this sight he himself was struck with amazement, andhis whole army also, which followed him on thisexpedition, and witn...
“At dawn of day he arose, and communicated the marvelto his friends: and then, calling together the workers ingold and pre...
“Now it was made in the following manner.A long spear, overlaid with gold, formed thefigure of the cross by means of atran...
A SPEAR?           Really, Constantine?                      A spear?
This spear-cross was further adorned with an embroidered banner that featured theemperor and his family. The finished prod...
Serve like this ...Love like this ...Reconcile like this ...Transcend violence like this ...
The violent cross of Caesar                     The nonviolent cross of ChristThe violent cross of ConstantineWhich Cross?
Islamophobia Today:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convertthem to Christianity. We weren’t punct...
These people [Arabs and Muslims] need to be forciblyconverted to Christianity ... It’s the only thing that canprobably tur...
Sound familiar?From Martin Luther, “On the Jews and Their Lies” (1543)They [rulers] must act like a good physician who, wh...
Elie Wiesel:   “All the killers were Christian….TheNazi system was the consequence of amovement of ideas and followed a st...
Indigenous scholar Jack Forbeswrites, “The ‘cosmology’ or‘world-view’ of a people isclosely related, of course, to all oft...
From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a g...
From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a g...
what do we do when we    face our history?
deny it?
defend it?
create a newdenomination/ religion?(disassociate from it?)
own it?        be humbled by it?               repent of it?             learn from it?          never forget it?be “recon...
review our doctrine,practice, and mission in              light of it?
listen to the voices of         those who werepreviously marginalized?
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  3. 3. Why did the chicken cross the road?Grandpa: In my day we didn’t ask why the chickencrossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossedthe road to get to the other side, and that was goodenough for us.Albert Einstein: Did the chicken really cross the road, ordid the road move beneath the chicken?Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest.Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.A nun: It was a habit.Hamlet: That is not the question.John Donne: It crosseth for thee.
  4. 4. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? What do you get when you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?Why did the chicken go to the seance?What is a chicken’s highest dream?
  5. 5. Laughter is one of the ways we cope withdiscrepancies in our lives. There is a dream we allhave for this world, and then there is, well, thisworld. There are expectations we have of ourreligions, and then there are our religions ...[O]urcapacity to love God, ourselves, people, and all oflife grows with our capacity to laugh....This ability to laugh in the midst of ourimperfections in the presence of God is what we callgrace. - Samir Selmanovic It’s Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian
  6. 6. Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed walking together ... not in a joke, but in reality: in friendship, in compassionate understanding, perhaps in honest but respectful difference ordisagreement, embodying toward one another the principles they taught?If they could cross the road together, might it be possible for us to follow them?
  7. 7. Where you can’t follow some of my proposals, I plead only that you pursue - in your own way, according to thelines of reasoning and imagination that seem right to you - the benevolence, kindness, and love without which all our words are noise and we ourselves are nothing. We are increasingly faced with a choice , I believe, not between kindness and hostility, but between kindness and nonexistence. (p. 12)
  8. 8. Why Christian identity? 1. I have 56 years of experience with it.2. It’s the religion claimed by 33% of the world’s people. 3. That 33% controls most of the world’s weapons and wealth. 4. Jesus said not to try to “fix” others first. 5. Members of other faiths are better suited to deal with their unique identity issues.
  9. 9. Starting Point:
  10. 10. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:
  11. 11. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian identity that is hostile toward people of other religions.
  12. 12. We have the only way. STRONG-You are going to hell. HOSTILEWe are God’s chosen.You worship false gods.resistance is futile.you will be assimilated - or
  13. 13. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian identity that is hostile toward people of other religions.2. how to have a weak Christian identity that is tolerant (benign) toward people of other religions.
  14. 14. it doesn’t matter what you believe.all religions are the same.all roads lead to god.only sincerity matters.doctrines divide. weak-benignkeep religion private.
  15. 15. We haven’t yet learned ...to have a strong Christian identity that is benevolent toward other religions.
  16. 16. Because I Follow Jesus, I love you.I move toward “the other.”I break down walls of hostility.i stand with you in solidarity.you are made in God’s image. strong-i am your servant. benevolentI practice human-kindness.
  17. 17. A Discovery:
  18. 18. Misconception:Our religious differences keep us apart.
  19. 19. Actuality:It is not our religious differences that keep us apart, but rather a haunting religious similarity ... that we build strong identities through hostility.
  20. 20. Give people a common enemy, and you willgive them a common identity. Deprive themof an enemy and you will deprive them ofthe crutch by which they know who they are. - James Alison
  21. 21. Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality, not hostility, to the other? strong- benevolent
  22. 22. Give people a common enemy, and you will give them acommon identity. Deprive them of an enemy and you willdeprive them of the crutch by which they know who they are. - James Alison Might we discover a new common enemy - one we all share - hostility itself?
  23. 23. But how?
  24. 24. Four Challenges 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  25. 25. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  26. 26. Why don’t we all get along?
  27. 27. From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidthttp://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the-sacredness/Despite what you might have learned inEconomics 101, people aren’t alwaysselfish. In politics, they’re more oftengroupish. When people feel that a groupthey value — be it racial, religious, regionalor ideological — is under attack, they rallyto its defense, even at some cost tothemselves. We evolved to be tribal, andpolitics is a competition among coalitionsof tribes.
  28. 28. ... The key to understanding tribal behavior isnot money, it’s sacredness. The great trick thathumans developed at some point in the last fewhundred thousand years is the ability to circlearound a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god,and then treat that thing as sacred. People whoworship the same idol can trust one another,work as a team and prevail over less cohesivegroups. So if you want to understand politics,and especially our divisive culture wars, youmust follow the sacredness.
  29. 29. Our Christian history is, among other things, the story of howour symbols, practices, doctrines, and language have been used as our “centering idols” by which we identify who is “of us” and who is “of them.” In this way, our religion has been a tool of exclusion and aggression. We must face this truth in our history.
  30. 30. Farther back, Rene Girard and others remind us, violence is at the root of all government and all religion. The Scapegoat Mechanism explains how we achieved political/religious unity and identity. We must face this truth in our history.
  31. 31. 1. Imitation2. Rivalry3.Violence and Anxiety4. Scapegoating & Sacrifice5. Religion, Prohibitions, Ritualization6. Priests and Prophets7. Jesus and the gospels8. The violent reversion of“historical/sacrificial Christianity
  32. 32. 1495 2nd Voyage Return Cargo: 1600 male and female Taino slaves for Spain “It is possible, with the name of theHoly Trinity, to sell all the slaves whichit is possible to sell … Here there areso many of these slaves … althoughthey are living things they are as goodas gold.”
  33. 33. The Spaniards who remained in Hispaniola wereencouraged to take Taino slaves “in the amountdesired.” Columbus himself gave a teenage girl toone of his crew, Miguel Cuneo, for his personal“use.” Cuneo wrote that she “resisted with all herstrength” when he attempted to have sex with her,so he “thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.”Being given a Taino woman to rape was, in fact, apopular “company perk” for Columbus’s men.Columbus himself wrote to a friend, “There areplenty of dealers who go about looking for girls;those from nine to ten [years old] are now indemand.”
  34. 34. - An eyewitness in the early 1500’s As a result of the sufferings and hard labor theyendured, the Indians choose and have chosensuicide. Occasionally a hundred have committedmass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, haveshunned conception and childbirth…. Many, whenpregnant, have taken something to abort and haveaborted. Others after delivery have killed theirchildren with their own hands, so as not to leavethem in such oppressive slavery.
  35. 35. Of the estimated 300,000 Taino alive whenColumbus “discovered” them in 1492, about 12,000remained in 1516, fewer than 200 in 1546, and zero in1555. What our history calls “the discovery of America,”Taino history might call “the arrival of the Christiangenociders,” if, that is, any Taino survived to tell analternate history. None did.
  36. 36. “Here those Christiansperpetrated their first ravagesand oppression against thenative peoples. This was thefirst land in the New World tobe destroyed and depopulatedby the Christians.”--another eyewitness, Bartolome DeLas Casas about Christian invasionof Hispaniola
  37. 37. The 16th-Century conquests of the ConquistadorsThe 4th-Century conquests of Constantine
  38. 38. From Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”:“[Constantine] said that about noon,when the day was already beginningto decline, he saw with his own eyesthe trophy of a cross of light in theheavens, above the sun, and bearingthe inscription, CONQUER BY THIS.
  39. 39. “In hoc signo vinces”IN THIS SIGN CONQUER?CONVERT BY THE SWORD?DOMINATE?COLONIZE?ASSIMILATE?INVADE AND OCCUPY?KILL?TERRORIZE? 53
  40. 40. At this sight he himself was struck with amazement, andhis whole army also, which followed him on thisexpedition, and witnessed the miracle… [That night] in hissleep the Christ of God appeared to him with the samesign which he had seen in the heavens, and commandedhim to make a likeness of that sign which he had seen inthe heavens, and to use it as a safeguard in allengagements with his enemies.
  41. 41. “At dawn of day he arose, and communicated the marvelto his friends: and then, calling together the workers ingold and precious stones, he sat in the midst of them, anddescribed to them the figure of the sign he had seen,bidding them represent it in gold and precious stones.And this representation I myself have had an opportunityof seeing.
  42. 42. “Now it was made in the following manner.A long spear, overlaid with gold, formed thefigure of the cross by means of atransverse bar laid over it. On the top of thewhole was fixed a wreath of gold andprecious stones; and within this, thesymbol of the Saviours name…”
  43. 43. A SPEAR? Really, Constantine? A spear?
  44. 44. This spear-cross was further adorned with an embroidered banner that featured theemperor and his family. The finished product, Eusebius said, “presented anindescribable degree of beauty to the beholder.” He added, “The emperor constantlymade use of this sign of salvation as a safeguard against every adverse and hostilepower, and commanded that others similar to it should be carried at the head of all hisarmies.”Eusebius, it should be noted, would be considered more of a propagandist than ahistorian in the modern sense. For more on Constantine’s life and work, see JamesCarroll, Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews—A History (New York:Mariner Books, 2001).
  45. 45. Serve like this ...Love like this ...Reconcile like this ...Transcend violence like this ...
  46. 46. The violent cross of Caesar The nonviolent cross of ChristThe violent cross of ConstantineWhich Cross?
  47. 47. Islamophobia Today:We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convertthem to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating andpunishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombedGerman cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.- Ann Counter, National ReviewIslam is something we can’t afford any more in the Netherlands. Iwant the fascist Quran banned. We need to stop the Islamisationof the Netherlands. That means no more mosques, no moreIslamic schools, no more imams.- Geert Wilders, Dutch politicians
  48. 48. These people [Arabs and Muslims] need to be forciblyconverted to Christianity ... It’s the only thing that canprobably turn them into human beings.- Michael Savage, syndicated radio hostIslam has attacked us ... The God of Islam is not the sameGod.... Islam is a very evil religion. All the values that we as anation hold dear, they don’t share those same values at all,these countries that have the majority of Muslims.- Franklin Graham, Christian evangelist
  49. 49. Sound familiar?From Martin Luther, “On the Jews and Their Lies” (1543)They [rulers] must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did... If this does not help we must drive them out like mad dogs. -Martin Luther (On the Jews and Their Lies)
  50. 50. Elie Wiesel: “All the killers were Christian….TheNazi system was the consequence of amovement of ideas and followed a strictlogic; it did not arise in a void but had itsroots deep in a tradition that prophesied it,prepared for it, and brought it to maturity.That tradition was inseparable from the pastof Christianized, civilized Europe.” Quoted in David Stannard, American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World(New York: Oxford, 1992), 153.
  51. 51. Indigenous scholar Jack Forbeswrites, “The ‘cosmology’ or‘world-view’ of a people isclosely related, of course, to all oftheir actions. The world-viewinfluences actions and, in turn,actions tell us what the world-view really is!”Jack Forbes, Columbus and Other Cannibals (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2008), 20.Originally published by D-Q University Press in 1979.
  52. 52. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  53. 53. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  54. 54. what do we do when we face our history?
  55. 55. deny it?
  56. 56. defend it?
  57. 57. create a newdenomination/ religion?(disassociate from it?)
  58. 58. own it? be humbled by it? repent of it? learn from it? never forget it?be “reconverted” in light of it?
  59. 59. review our doctrine,practice, and mission in light of it?
  60. 60. listen to the voices of those who werepreviously marginalized?
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  62. 62. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
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  64. 64. AAre
  65. 65. you
  66. 66. ready
  67. 67. to
  68. 68. cross
  69. 69. the
  70. 70. road?
  71. 71. 2 conversations...
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