Monday, August 28, 2006

Pagans in interfaith work

I do not do much interfaith work--I think that I have attended one such luncheon on my life--but some Pagans do, and they do it well.

Grove Harris is one of them, and here she reflects on her experience in an essay subtitled "Exclusions, Dualities, and Contributions."

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Blogger Interfaith Today said...

Hi Chas,

I don't know if you are aware of my interfaith podcast. There is usually not a lot of Pagan content, but this current episode does reflect on Paganism due to featuring my "faith journey" from a series at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.

Interfaith Today show notes

Rowan Fairgrove
Interfaith Representative
Covenant of the Goddess

11:02 AM  
Blogger brainwise said...

One of my main complaints about the Interfaith movement (if it can be called that), is the lack of pagan and heathen content. More often than not, Asian spiritual paths (Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, etc.) are the only representations that don't stem from the big three monotheistic religions.

I'll have to check out the Interfaith Today podcast.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous S.M. Stirling said...

I don't have a dog in this fight, but speaking as a well-informed outsider, I'd point out that 'content matters'.

That is, some religions don't make claims to exclusive truth, but others do: that the divine is "this and no other". This is not a distortion of those religions, but of their essence; without it they wouldn't be what they are.

An orthodox believing Muslim, for example, really can't be "tolerant" of polytheists, or admit that they have a right to practice their faith.

He's specifically enjoined to believe that such people should be given a choice of conversion or death.

You really can't get around this part of the Koran and the Hadith without doing violence to the plain meaning of the text. It's there in black and white.

To ask them to treat other religions as equals is really to demand that they abandon or drastically modify their own.

9:57 PM  

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