Saturday, February 24, 2007

Request on Pluralism

I would pay money for someone to begin a Hungry and Thirsty thread dealing with the opportunities and challenges of pluralism in our society as we pursue a missional, Christ-centered, gospel-based lifestyle. Any takers?


Michael said...

By pluralism, do you mean "the affirmation and acceptance of diversity?"

John Lynch said...

Thanks for the call toward clarity, Michael. By pluralism, I mean both 1) "the belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life" and 2) "the condition in which numerous distinct and often opposed ideologies (e.g. religions) are present and tolerated within a society".

Here's my trigger for asking...
I was with some Unitarian friends a couple weeks ago talking about living life the way it was designed by God and demonstrated by Jesus. At one point, one said it sounded very Buddhist of me. At another point, he suggested it was a Unitarian philosophy. I suggested that while all truth is God's truth, the life-giving truth of Jesus, like all absolute truth, is actually quite narrow. He responded by suggesting it was a narrow truth that needed other "narrow" truths to compliment it. It's an example of a pluralistic worldview.

Wanna tackle this one?

Michael said...

Thank you for the clarity.

Also to clarify, I am not the Michael listed to the right as contributors. Just a curious bystander. :)

I love your question though. One that I have been pondering for the last 4 or 5 months actually.