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Principled Pluralism: The Challenge of Religious Diversity in 21st Century America

Eboo Patel, Jim Wallis and Meryl Chertoff discuss last week’s Aspen Ideas Festival and the challenge of religious diversity on HuffPost Religion.

Religious differences can be a potent source of social tension, as evidenced by bloody conflicts from Belfast to the Balkans to Baghdad. However, as with race and gender, religious diversity is a source of strength and richness when properly engaged.

Read it here.

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Recognizing ‘Christian Privilege’

Rabbi Seth Goren writes on how the “dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations.”

Talking about Christian privilege is challenging, but essential. For our conversations to be authentic, honest, and justice-based, we must be aware of how each of us perceives and is perceived. It’s difficult to prevent the marginalization that Christians sometimes feel without considering how inter- and intrafaith dynamics play out more broadly for members of other faiths.

Read the full article online at Sojourners Magazine.
Thoughts?

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Ira Glass on how Christians are portrayed in the media

Ira Glass talks about the difference between Christians portrayed in the media and Christians in his life – worth a listen:

Found at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/slices/ira-glass-christians-are-horribly-covered-media

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Two Important Books for Evangelicals About Interfaith Cooperation

John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy has written a dual book review of recent books by Brian McLaren and Eboo Patel. Check it out on the Evangelical Channel of Patheos.

And be sure to check out:

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World by Brian McLaren

and

Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

From Nicholas Price on Relevant, closing out an excellent series on interfaith cooperation:

… my hope is that evangelical Christians would becoming “culture makers” rather than “culture warriors,” and I see interfaith cooperation as one way in which this can happen.

Read Nick’s article at Relevant Magazine Online.

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New Posts on the “Nones.”

Hello all!

I’ve got a piece or two in the queue, waiting until after I finish up a ten page Church History paper to find their way onto FLP. In the meantime, check out this reflection I wrote for The Huffington Post, “A Call to Confession: A Reflection on the Rise of the ‘Nones’ From Someone Who Should Probably Be One.” 

ALSO

Check out this companion piece I wrote on my personal blog. It elucidates the thrust of my HuffPost piece, while also posing some more direct questions regarding church leadership.

A question to ponder: How does the rise of the “Nones” impact interfaith cooperation? Does it matter?

I’m still puzzling it out.

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Why Evangelicals Should Read Brian McLaren’s New Book

John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy offers a review of Brian McLaren’s new book: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.

Read the review at Englewood Review of Books.

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Nicholas Price asks if “loving witness” is an oxymoron

Nicholas Price asks if “loving witness” is an oxymoron, on Relevant Magazine Online:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/loving-witness-oxymoron

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