The problem is not Christianity.I couldn't have put it better. Hooray for the rainbow of possibilities and the multiplicity of truths!
The problem is Fundamentalism.
It doesn't matter what religious (or political, or philosophical) belief you hold - if you claim that your belief is The Only Truth and that all those who disagree are not just Wrong, but Evil... then you are part of the problem.
It doesn't matter if you are on the Right or the Left, if you are Christian, Moslem, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan, Scientific Materialist Atheist or something you made up for yourself... if your belief is True and all others False, then you are part of the problem.
If you can genuinely talk with those who believe differently to you and compare notes on the Universe - and actually listen to and learn from the points on which you differ - then you are not part of the problem.
If you are willing to change your beliefs on the basis of life experience or finding wisdom from the minds of others, then you are not part of the problem.
If you hold compassion for all people, regardless of how much they do not resemble you, you are not part of the problem.
Yes, that includes compassion for the Fundamentalists.
For all that their attitudes scare and horrify us, they are humans too - with the same potential for change and growth. It is hard to reach them through the armour of their hardened belief and their fear and hatred of the Different - but that should never stop us trying.
To see them as a single Enemy is to fall into the same trap they are in.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Brilliant post on CatBlog - Sunday thoughts