So on Friday I got an email about an event being hosted at Calvin College in Grand Rapids entitled Principled Pluralism: Navigating America’s Increasingly Diverse Religious Landscape. It’s sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project. The text of the invitation says:
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, and American society becomes increasingly diverse, we more frequently come into contact with people who have deeply held religious beliefs that differ from our own. Substantive disagreements between people of different faiths—and between people within the same general faith tradition—exist, and no amount of missionary activity or interfaith dialogue will erase them. How we manage these substantive disagreements will increasingly affect the well-being of our local communities and our nation.
What should interdenominational and interfaith interactions look like, particularly when both sides are deeply committed to their views? How can we, as Americans, positively engage our religious diversity in service of shared ideals and the common good?
The panel consists of three men: Alec Hill, the president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; Dr. Michael Le Roy, the president of Calvin College; and Rev. Julius Medenblik, the president of Calvin Seminary. “We got both kinds here, infralapsarian Calvinists and supralapsarian Calvinists.” Inclusiveness and diversity: You’re doing it really, really wrong.