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Excerpts from "Is God a Christian?"
"Uncertainty and doubt can indeed become the growing edge of our faith. Uncertainty can become the crucible in which we learn to listen and learn from one another."
Chapter 3. The Peril of Exclusivity
"Every person is a word from God that has never before been spoken and will never be spoken again in exactly the same way."
"Exclusionary religion turns religion itself into a pagan idol."
"Jesus called upon us to wake up to our inner connection with God, to the kingdom of God within. Our being here, the being and presence of another person and the presence of God are all irrevocably intertwined."
"If we are to be Christian, we must bind the wounds of Muslims and Jews just as surely as we should bind the wounds of other Christians. The way of grace knows no georgraphic or religious or ethnic boundaries."
"Rejecting exclusivity does not require abandoning the central place of faith in our lives and rejecting exclusivity does not require abandoning our commitments."
"If we are to offer the light by which we live as something worthy to be considered by others, we should also have the courage to consider the light by which they live."
"We do not enrich our faith by declaring the invalidity of anotherʼs belief."
"It seems reckless to assume that God the Almighty of the Universe may have spoken in one language. To be sure, we can be confident that the one God of the Universe speaks with one voice."
"The most redemptive way to connect with others is to see the face of God in each person we meet."
Chapter 4. The Tragedy of Fundamentalism
"The error of fundamentalism springs chiefly from the inordinate claim to have absolute truth in its possession."
"It is far easier to take the Bible literally than it is to take the Bible seriously."
"We are all ultimately children of grace. Grace means that our hope does not rest in the affirmation that we believe in God. Our hope rests in the reality that God believes in us. God believes in us more than God believes in our religions."
"If we take seriously that we are all children of grace, we should acknowledge that even if we believe that fundamentalism is an egregious mistake, fundamentalist believers are not themselves evil or bad people. They may be frightened people, but they are also Godʼs people."
"Fundamentalism often takes a central component of faith and turns it into an object of worship."
"We should worship God, follow Jesus and study the Bible. If we worship Jesus or follow the Bible, we are likely to distort the message of Jesus."
"One of the common themes of religious fundamentalism has been its use of the world of politics as a forum for extending its power and influence."
"The emergence of fundamentalism in both Western and Middle Eastern culture and society no doubt results, in part, from the genuine moral decay and rampant secularity of the contemporary world."
"Fundamentalism focuses far more on personal morality than social morality and, even in the political arena, the main focus of fundamentalism is on personal moral choices. Fundamentalists are typically more silent when it comes to social morality—issues of racism, or poverty, or sexual discrimination, or issues such as capital punishment or war."
"Fundamentalism is more the embodiment of human sin than Godʼs salvation."