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New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Christian Identity in a
Multi-Faith World
Anglican Schools, New Zealand
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Can there be peace among
passionately faithful people?
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
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New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Albert Einstein: Did the chicken really cross the road, or
did 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.
Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?
Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
(2 answers)
What is the chicken’s deepest dream?
Why did the Texas chicken cross the road?
Why did the chicken go to the seance?
Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, the Buddha,
and Mohammed walking together ...
If they could cross the road together, might it
be possible for us to follow them?
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 of other religions.
STRONG-
HOSTILE
We have the only way.
You are going to hell.
We are God’s chosen.
You worship false gods.
resistance is futile.
you will be assimilated -
or eliminated.
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.
weak-benign
it doesn’t matter what you
believe.
all religions are the same.
all roads lead to god.
only sincerity matters.
doctrines divide.
keep religion private.
We haven’t yet learned ...
to have a strong Christian identity
that is benevolent
toward other religions.
strong-
benevolent
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.
i am your servant.
I practice human-kindness.
Strong: compete,
conquer, convert
Weak: least common
denominator,
minimize difference
The (strong) colonizing option:
The (strong) colonizing option:
The (weak) LCD option:
The (weak) LCD option:
The secular option:
The secular option:
Is there a strong & benevolent
option?
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
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 will
give them a common identity. Deprive them
of an enemy and you will deprive them of
the crutch by which they know who they are.
- James Alison
Hostility has had survival
value ...
but it may now
threaten our survival.
"Historically, the amity, or goodwill, within the
group has often depended on enmity, or hatred,
between groups. But when you get to the global
level, that won't work... That cannot be the
dynamic that holds the planet together... But
what would be unprecedented is to have this
kind of solidarity and moral cohesion at a global
level that did not depend on the hatred of other
groups of people."
(Robert Wright, Nonzero: The Logic Of Human
Destiny, quoted in Evolutionaries: Unlocking The
Spiritual And Cultural Potential In Science's
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
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Four Challenges
1. Historical
2. Doctrinal
3. Liturgical
4. Missional
A fifth ...
spiritual
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
Four Challenges
1. Historical
2. Doctrinal
3. Liturgical
4. Missional
Must doctrinal differences
always divide us?
From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidt
http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the-sacredness/
Despite what you might have learned in
Economics 101, people aren’t always
selfish. In politics, they’re more often
groupish. When people feel that a group
they value — be it racial, religious, regional
or ideological — is under attack, they rally
to its defense, even at some cost to
themselves. We evolved to be tribal, and
politics is a competition among coalitions
of tribes.
... The key to understanding tribal behavior is
not money, it’s sacredness. The great trick that
humans developed at some point in the last few
hundred thousand years is the ability to circle
around a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god,
and then treat that thing as sacred. People who
worship the same idol can trust one another,
work as a team and prevail over less cohesive
groups. So if you want to understand politics,
and especially our divisive culture wars, you
must follow the sacredness.
“Sacred groupishness” often makes a
“centering idol” out of a list of doctrines.
Doctrines provide a loyalty test ...
helping us test others for membership in
our safe group.
Doctrine is not simply about “truth” - it’s
about loyalty, safety, security, and
groupishness.
But doctrine can have another
meaning ... another purpose:
Doctrine can mean
“a healing teaching.”
What might happen if we
took a second look at
our core doctrines -
not as centering
idols, but as
healing teachings?
healing teachings
intended to bind
together what has been
torn and broken
(re-ligion)?
The Healing Teaching
of Creation
The Healing Teaching
of Original Sin
2 trees ...
be as gods
good and evil
us and them
male and female
Cain and Abel
The Healing Teaching
of Election
(or chosen-ness)
The Healing Teaching
of the Deity of
Christ
The Healing Teaching
of the Holy Spirit
The Healing Teaching
of the Trinity
Us.
Them.
Us.
Them.
Neighbor?
Enemy?
Us.
Them.
Neighbor?
Hostility? Hospitality?
Different? Same?
Enemy?
New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
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From Catherine Maresca (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) -
Finally, [Maria] Cavalletti emphasizes the importance of being
specific. You can’t teach children language without teaching
children a language. She writes, “Wishing to stay on a vague
level without any specific content is the same as wanting a
child to talk without using any particular language.” Some
parents say they don’t want their children to learn a particular
religion because they want them to be free to choose their
own. But these children are missing the opportunity to become
spiritually literate.
To be initiated into the signs of their religious tradition creates
the possibility of grasping the signs of many traditions, and of
respecting the integrity of each of those traditions. So we need
to be religious in a particular way, true to the faith we affirm
for ourselves, in order to foster the spiritual and religious
literacy of our children.... this is a service to our children. We
have to be specific.
While we don’t reject other traditions, a particular
religion has to be our starting point. To say, “I’m
spiritual but not religious” is like saying, “I’m
linguistic but don’t speak any particular language.”
Everyone has innate linguistic capacity that gets
activated as one learns a particular language or
languages. Likewise, everyone has spiritual capacity
that gets activated and mobilized through becoming
religious in a particular way. Becoming religious in a
particular way is foundational for relating to the
religious other.
Children who have learned their native language well are
poised to learn new languages with greater ease. Children who
learned the language of their religious tradition are likewise
poised to grasp the sacred signs of another tradition. As we
nurture the spiritual life of young children with sacred signs,
we simultaneously build the foundation of respect and
understanding for others’ beliefs. With spiritual literacy, faith
and interfaith formation work hand in hand, promoting in turn a
more peaceful world.
Children, Signs, and Spiritual
Literacy: An Interfaith Experience
By Catherine Maresca
A
Are
you
ready
to
cross
the
road?
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New Zealand: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

  • 4. Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World Anglican Schools, New Zealand
  • 6. Can there be peace among passionately faithful people?
  • 16. Why did the chicken cross the road? Albert Einstein: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did 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. Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?
  • 17. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? (2 answers) What is the chicken’s deepest dream? Why did the Texas chicken cross the road? Why did the chicken go to the seance?
  • 18. Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed walking together ... If they could cross the road together, might it be possible for us to follow them?
  • 20. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:
  • 21. 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.
  • 22. STRONG- HOSTILE We have the only way. You are going to hell. We are God’s chosen. You worship false gods. resistance is futile. you will be assimilated - or eliminated.
  • 23. 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.
  • 24. weak-benign it doesn’t matter what you believe. all religions are the same. all roads lead to god. only sincerity matters. doctrines divide. keep religion private.
  • 25. We haven’t yet learned ... to have a strong Christian identity that is benevolent toward other religions.
  • 26. strong- benevolent 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. i am your servant. I practice human-kindness.
  • 27. Strong: compete, conquer, convert Weak: least common denominator, minimize difference
  • 30. The (weak) LCD option:
  • 31. The (weak) LCD option:
  • 34. Is there a strong & benevolent option?
  • 36. A Popular Misconception: Our religious differences keep us apart.
  • 37. Actuality: It is not our religious differences that keep us apart, but rather one thing we all hold in common:
  • 38. Actuality: We build strong religious identities through hostility toward the other.
  • 39. Give people a common enemy, and you will give them a common identity. Deprive them of an enemy and you will deprive them of the crutch by which they know who they are. - James Alison
  • 40. Hostility has had survival value ... but it may now threaten our survival.
  • 41. "Historically, the amity, or goodwill, within the group has often depended on enmity, or hatred, between groups. But when you get to the global level, that won't work... That cannot be the dynamic that holds the planet together... But what would be unprecedented is to have this kind of solidarity and moral cohesion at a global level that did not depend on the hatred of other groups of people." (Robert Wright, Nonzero: The Logic Of Human Destiny, quoted in Evolutionaries: Unlocking The Spiritual And Cultural Potential In Science's Greatest Idea, by Carter Phipps)
  • 42. Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality and solidarity, not hostility, to the other? strong- benevolent
  • 44. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  • 47. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  • 49. From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidt http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the-sacredness/ Despite what you might have learned in Economics 101, people aren’t always selfish. In politics, they’re more often groupish. When people feel that a group they value — be it racial, religious, regional or ideological — is under attack, they rally to its defense, even at some cost to themselves. We evolved to be tribal, and politics is a competition among coalitions of tribes.
  • 50. ... The key to understanding tribal behavior is not money, it’s sacredness. The great trick that humans developed at some point in the last few hundred thousand years is the ability to circle around a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god, and then treat that thing as sacred. People who worship the same idol can trust one another, work as a team and prevail over less cohesive groups. So if you want to understand politics, and especially our divisive culture wars, you must follow the sacredness.
  • 51. “Sacred groupishness” often makes a “centering idol” out of a list of doctrines. Doctrines provide a loyalty test ... helping us test others for membership in our safe group. Doctrine is not simply about “truth” - it’s about loyalty, safety, security, and groupishness.
  • 52. But doctrine can have another meaning ... another purpose: Doctrine can mean “a healing teaching.”
  • 53. What might happen if we took a second look at our core doctrines - not as centering idols, but as healing teachings?
  • 54. healing teachings intended to bind together what has been torn and broken (re-ligion)?
  • 56. The Healing Teaching of Original Sin
  • 57. 2 trees ... be as gods good and evil us and them male and female Cain and Abel
  • 58. The Healing Teaching of Election (or chosen-ness)
  • 59. The Healing Teaching of the Deity of Christ
  • 60. The Healing Teaching of the Holy Spirit
  • 61. The Healing Teaching of the Trinity
  • 86. From Catherine Maresca (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) - Finally, [Maria] Cavalletti emphasizes the importance of being specific. You can’t teach children language without teaching children a language. She writes, “Wishing to stay on a vague level without any specific content is the same as wanting a child to talk without using any particular language.” Some parents say they don’t want their children to learn a particular religion because they want them to be free to choose their own. But these children are missing the opportunity to become spiritually literate. To be initiated into the signs of their religious tradition creates the possibility of grasping the signs of many traditions, and of respecting the integrity of each of those traditions. So we need to be religious in a particular way, true to the faith we affirm for ourselves, in order to foster the spiritual and religious literacy of our children.... this is a service to our children. We have to be specific.
  • 87. While we don’t reject other traditions, a particular religion has to be our starting point. To say, “I’m spiritual but not religious” is like saying, “I’m linguistic but don’t speak any particular language.” Everyone has innate linguistic capacity that gets activated as one learns a particular language or languages. Likewise, everyone has spiritual capacity that gets activated and mobilized through becoming religious in a particular way. Becoming religious in a particular way is foundational for relating to the religious other.
  • 88. Children who have learned their native language well are poised to learn new languages with greater ease. Children who learned the language of their religious tradition are likewise poised to grasp the sacred signs of another tradition. As we nurture the spiritual life of young children with sacred signs, we simultaneously build the foundation of respect and understanding for others’ beliefs. With spiritual literacy, faith and interfaith formation work hand in hand, promoting in turn a more peaceful world. Children, Signs, and Spiritual Literacy: An Interfaith Experience By Catherine Maresca
  • 89. A Are
  • 90. you
  • 91. ready
  • 92. to
  • 93. cross
  • 94. the
  • 95. road?