Faith Line Protestants 101

Welcome to Faith Line Protestants 101!  This is a short overview of everything you need to know about navigating and following Faith Line Protestants.  We launched on January 13, 2011 and were featured on the Washington Post’s On Faith blog the same day, broaching this conversation on the involvement of Evangelical Christians in interfaith work.

But before you dive in to the conversation, familiarize yourself with the vocabulary and background on which our blog relies.  See our “pages” (a menu of pages is at the top of each page and in a list on our homepage) for background on topics like:

The Faith Line – a term coined by Eboo Patel, founder and President of the Interfaith Youth Core.  In the spirit of W.E.B. DuBois and with insight on one of the difficult social issues of our time, Patel writes in his book, Acts of Faith, that the faith line divides out society between those who believe in the possibility of cooperation and those who feel that difference must be settled with ignorance and violence.

Pluralism – we recognize the danger of theological pluralism, a concept inconsistent with the Christian tradition and the teachings of the Bible.  When we discuss pluralism, we refer to sociological pluralism: the vision for positive cooperation in the midst of religious difference.

Evangelism – a central and irremovable concept in most Christian traditions that calls for telling others about the core concepts of the Christian faith, which presents every individual with a choice to accept them as truth or reject them as fiction.  There often seems a tension between evangelism and interfaith cooperation, which keeps many Evangelicals out of interfaith activities.

The Faith Line Protestant – A new term that describes the authors: Evangelical Christians who have found their faith impacted by interaction with people of other faiths and seek to live out their faith with awareness of the religious diversity that exists in our world and how that relates to evangelism.

What We Believe – in a religiously diverse world, it is essential to clarify theological assumptions.  Christianity both relies on immovable theological principles and exhibits disagreement, diversity, and even controversy in the concepts that expand upon these principles.  Our theology page elucidates the theology that is considered essential to Christian beliefs.  If you are a reader from another faith or philosophical tradition, use this page as a resource for understanding Christianity better.

Authors – Cameron Nations and Gregory Damhorst are students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  They are Evangelical Christians and interfaith leaders.  Faith Line Protestants is both a description of these authors and the title of this blog, which is motived by their experiences in interfaith work.

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