I need your help.
I am writing a book about living in an increasingly pluralistic world; about what Christian faithfulness looks like in such a situation. I want my thinking—and writing—to resonate with life as we actually find ourselves living it, to be authentic, in other words. So I would love to have your reflections on an aspect of pluralism that can be unsettling. I’d like to know whether you have experienced it and if you are willing, how you respond to it. I’m not looking for a worked out thesis but simple honesty.
Here is what I’d love to have you respond to: A friend of mine, Greg Grooms of Hill House in Austin, TX was commenting on pluralism and said something like this:
Not only are there a variety of non-Christian ideas, convictions, and worldviews, some of these beliefs and values can be closer to us—to our beliefs and values as Christians—than they are to each other. And some may even be closer to us—to our beliefs and values—than that held and practiced by many if not most of our fellow Christians.
What do you think?
I’d love for you to reflect on questions like these, to the extent you are willing:
Have you experienced this—would you be willing to share a few details?
How did/does it make you feel—what was/is your emotional response?
How did/do you respond? (Whether good or bad, thoughtful or instinctive, short answer or long, or even a rant…)
And if you are a non-Christian, of course you may have experienced it as well, and I'd love to hear your reflections as well.
I can hardly wait to read your comments. And thank you.