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.
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
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.
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.
We haven’t yet learned ...to have a strong Christian identity that is benevolent toward other religions.
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.
A Popular Misconception:Our religious differences keep us apart.
Actuality:It is not our religious differences that keep us apart, but rather one thing we all hold in common:
Actuality:We build strong religious identities through hostility toward the other.
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
"Historically, the amity, or goodwill, within thegroup has often depended on enmity, or hatred,between groups. But when you get to the globallevel, that wont work... That cannot be thedynamic that holds the planet together... Butwhat would be unprecedented is to have thiskind of solidarity and moral cohesion at a globallevel that did not depend on the hatred of othergroups of people." (Robert Wright, Nonzero: The Logic Of Human Destiny, quoted in Evolutionaries: Unlocking The Spiritual And Cultural Potential In Sciences Greatest Idea, by Carter Phipps)
Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality and solidarity, not hostility, to the other? strong- benevolent
Pentecost Sermon (Paul Nuechterlein)For me, another clear sign of hope comes through theirony of God raising up a faithful disciple of JesusChrist who was a Hindu and remained a Hindu. Imtalking about Mahatma Gandhi, who said this, amongmany other things, about Jesus:Jesus expressed, as no other could, the spirit and willof God. It is in this sense that I see him and recognizehim as the Son of God. And because the life of Jesushas the significance and the transcendency to which Ihave alluded, I believe that he belongs not solely toChristianity, but to the entire world, to all races andpeople...
We might ask, So why didnt Gandhi simply convert to Christianity?But I think the better Pentecost question would be, Why should hehave to convert? Why should he have to change religions? Whyshould he have to play into religion into the negative ways thatbring division? Did Jesus come to offer us a new religion to add toour ways of dividing into differing cultures and languages -- theTower of Babel reality? Or did he come to help each of us withinour own religions and cultures to find the one true God of unity? Ithink that Pentecost shows us the latter. We can welcome, as manyChristians are coming to do, the diversity of religious practices thathelp lead to the experience of our oneness in God. Christians arelearning from Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims and indigenousreligions the effective religious practices of how to become closer tothe God of Jesus Christ. Thats the Pentecost pouring out of theHoly Spirit on all peoples, so that their experience of onenesstranscends their many languages and cultures.
Finally, the greatest sign of hope to me is how Gandhi helpeddeepen our understanding of the Spirit of Truth, the Advocate. Hehad his own name for it in Sanskrit: Satyagraha, he called it, whichtranslates as Truth Force. Satyagraha moved him and many millionsof people over the last century to learn Jesus way to peace throughloving, nonviolent resistance to evil. Like Jesus on the cross, in thisway to peace we risk taking that old way of sin, righteousness, andjudgment on ourselves in order to reveal its futility, its wrongness,and offering instead Gods way of grace and forgiveness. Pentecostis Satyagraha poured out on us so that we may bring peace to ourlives as family members, co-workers, neighbors, citizens, and, yes,as both Jesus and Gandhi compelled us to do, as children of God --all of humanity, children of God. AmenRev. Paul J. NuechterleinDelivered at Prince of Peace Lutheran, Portage, MI, May 27, 2012
diversity without dominationplurality without subordinationFatherness that honors son-ness in equality (& ends patriarchy)Son-ness that honors fatherness without rivalry (& ends patricide)Fatherness and son-ness that uphold Spiritness without homogeneity (ending absolutism)A God who generates the next generation of God!
The Healing Teaching of Inspiration of Scripture
“Manifold witness” The plurality of truthUnity around key questions -arguments over best answers
Expanding the DialogueDifferences within and among Incommensurability Complementarity Point-Counterpoint Scholars & Mystics