A Church That Embraces All Religions and Rejects ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’

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July 12th, 2013

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Stephen Prothero, College of Arts & Sciences

Clad in proper Pacific Northwest flannel, toting a flask of “rocket fuel” coffee typical of Starbucks’ home turf, Steven Greenebaum rolled his Prius into a middle school parking lot one Sunday morning last month…

Expert quote:

“This strikes me as a kind of institutionalization of a very strong trend. It’s the idea that all religions are different paths up the mountain, and when you get to the top of the mountain you find compassion. But one reason we have different religions is that we have different rituals and different beliefs. Those are not insignificant. So for all religions to be one religion, you need to elide all the elements that were central to religion in the past: the hajj to Mecca, Jesus dying on the cross, whatever it might be. You’ve got to turn these first principles into last principles.”

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