Assisi III: Too Much and Not Enough

Large interfaith gatherings can often be fraught with long-simmering tensions, just ask the folks who put on the Parliament for the World's Religions, but it is generally thought that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. That getting leaders and clergy of the major religions in the same room to find common ground and common understanding will bring dividends of lasting peace (or at least bring about greater tolerance). Yesterday, in Assisi, Italy the Catholic Church sponsored a massive inte … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Absent Christian Soldiers, A Blessed Ex-Satanist, and We’re All Neo-Pagans Now

Just a few quick quick news notes to start off your Wednesday.Absent Christian Soldiers: Remember that story a couple weeks ago about a Christian group in Dorset, England who were going to hold vigils outside a pub in order to "combat" a Pagan moot (social gathering)? Well, it turns out they didn't show up. "A Pagan moot in Bridport last week went ahead without any trouble after a planned Christian demonstration never materialised. [...] Despite the Christian group announcing to the press … [Read more...]

Interview: Kevin Michael Schultz on “Tri-Faith America”

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Despite the fact that the history of the United States is incredibly well-documented, many of us labor under various misapprehensions regarding our nation's past. This seems especially true of America's religious history. Lately it seems as if there's been an inundation of pundits, amateur historians, and demagogues trying to frame us into a reductive (Protestant) Christian mold, painting a picture of harmony and piety that endured until the post-60s culture wars started raging. This sort of narr … [Read more...]

What Does the New Christian Missionary Code of Conduct Mean?

A coalition that claims to represent around 90% of the world's Christians, the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), have released joint recommendations for the conduct of Christian missionaries. This document is the result of five years of consultations among the three bodies, and is being touted as "a major achievement" in building consensus on the issue among Christians. “In the past five years we … [Read more...]


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