Monthly Archives: June 2010

Wildness Within

“Instead of studying theology, as is now done out of the Bible and Testament. . . it is necessary that we refer to the Bible of the Creation.”

~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (Part II, 1795)

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“We little know how much wildness there is in us. . .Savageness is natural, civilization is strained and unnatural.”

~John Muir, Journals, November, 1874

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Interfaith or Trans-faith?

On June 7, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships sponsored a meeting on “Advancing Interfaith and Community Service on College and University Campuses.”

Here is my posted response to an article on the Religion page of Huffington Post:

“As someone who has worked for twenty-five years in interfaith programs I can support these efforts to move beyond competitive religion, through comparative religion to cooperative religion. Yet, maybe the “ethical passion” of the youth hint at something more, better, healthier. “Learning across religious boundaries” is admirable, but what of the boundaries themselves? Could “erasing the differences” (bringing down the berlin walls of belief) actually be the “salvation of faith?” In other words, in a religion saturated secular culture (odd as that is), could we possibly find more common ground in natural, intrinsic, basic ethical action, cooperative goodwill and self-reliance and finally, thankfully, let go of divisive fence-building by super-natural, fear-based faiths? The youth see it. Let’s get out of the way and let them lead the way forward.”