Perspectives participants: here is an interesting note Janet received from a friend that expresses the pluralist's position well. Check it out and post your comments at the end.
Mark and class, I have something for you from my friend! spot on the issue of pluralism - any views appreciated!
"Some Christian elements b/c increasingly doctrinaire; I see inconsiderate
arrogance rather than humbleness. I can't help thinking that some of them
have forgotten Christians are also humans, who are capable of feeling for
their fellow beings - and not just Christians.Take your pt on rigidity as an
example, I think some Christians practise their religion in a way that is not
only exclusive (note that all religions are exclusive) but quite hurtful to
individuals who don't share theirvalues. How some Christians choose to
treat gays is a case in pt.
When I was a kid, I was taught that the Christian god is a loving god and
Jesus would guide us like a good sheperd - to me, the underlying theme is
infinite sympathy and loving forgiveness. I ain't 100% sure that these are
the same themes informing movements that bear the Christian name
Living a life, not to say a good one, is a v difficult venture in this
highly complicated world. Any sensible and reasonable person can see the
confusion, the conflicts, the difficult choices facing us. If you think
you've found the solution, great - be grateful that you're the lucky ones.
If you wish to share the gd news, it's v welcomed. But just don't try to
force anyone to live a different life. I always believe it's part of human
nature to love freedom - I find it hard to comprehend how conversion to a
religion can make people forget such a fundamental need
I also have fond memories of the nun who used to taught me RE.
she's under no illusion as to what's wrong with Catholicism as an
institutionalised religion (i.e. gender inequality). She readily shared such
views with us and in doing so, showed us that deeply-rooted faith - unlike dogma -
can survive criticism
Not sure I've made myself v clear cos really swamped but I guess the
Christianity I grew up with is a lot more tolerable, sympathetic and
sophisticated that the "popularised" strand today."