A number of weeks ago the idea popped up about doing an interfaith synchroblog to encourage dialogue between Christians, Pagans and people from other paths. And so, in our collective wisdom, we decided that the first one should simply be on “interfaith”, and this is why I find myself writing this now.
So, welcome to the inaugural interfaith sychnroblog.
But you know, the question that emerges for me is, is all this talk about “interfaith” too Christocentric to begin with? I mean, faith is a very Christian word when its all said and done. Few pathways emphasize faith as much as Christianity. Judaism and “Pure Land” Buddhism and certain strands of “Bhakti” Hinduism come to mind, but not too many others. So the very language of “interfaith” is something I find highly problematic
What’s more, it suggests Atheists are excluded from the conversation. This is something I find deeply problematic too, as Atheism is as much a religious option as Christianity and Paganism, in a negative kind of way. I mean, it’s like talking of hairstyles and excluding the skinhead option from the discussion.
You see, all too often I think conversations between Christians and Atheists degenerate into a bipolar “theism versus atheism” thing that I find most unhelpful. I prefer broader, more pluralistic conversations that welcome MONO-theists, PAN-theists, POLY-theists and A-theists to the one round table.
What do you think?
- Are atheist versus theist conversations too narrow?
- Do you have any experience with dialogue with pantheists or polytheists?
- What do you think would be some interesting issues to explore?
- J. R. Miller (Christian) of More Than Cake on 8 Conditions for Interfaith Dialogue”
- Liz Dyer (Christian) of Grace Rules on Interreligious Dialogue: Risky Business
- Matt Stone (Christian) of Glocal Christianity on Is Interfaith Interfaith enough?
- Steve Hayes (Christian Orthodox) of Notes from underground on Interreligious dialogue
- K.W. Leslie (Christian / Pentecostal / Assemblies of God) of The Evening of Kent on Gathering with the pagans.
- Phil Wyman (Christian) of Square No More on A Christian Presenter at Pagan Pride!?
- Beth Patterson (Liberal Christian w/ Celtic undertones) of Virtual Tea House on Same Stove, Different Teapots
- Jarred Harris (Pagan/Vanic Witch) of The Musings of a Confused Man on Interfaith relationships
- Yvonne Aburrow (Wiccan Unitarian) of the dance of the elements on Only connect