I find the following dilemma interesting:
On the SOF facebook page Susan Yost writes:"SOF has always been a source of inspiration and rejuvenation for me. I always turn to it in my darkest hours for a hopeful message. I appreciate Krista's consistently thoughtful, open discourse, in a world where people so readily judge and condemn others for having a system of beliefs or path to spirituality that is outside the mainstream. I also find it a trustworthy, unbiased resource for learning more about different cultures and faiths."
I like this. But I also sincerely want to hear some interviews with folks who will speak for those millions who tell me that, outside their particular faith tradition, I will not be saved.
In Steven Wasserstrom's book "Religion After Religion" he declaims Mircea Eliade religious universalism, what Joseph Cambell calls the “monomyth.” The monomyth is the idea that all religions point to an equally valid central truth, and therefore no beliefs should be condemned.
I find the monomyth appealing, but I also think I can learn something about my own human psyche from folks with quite vehement sectarian views. If I am not mistaken, there is a aversion (understandable) on public radio and perhaps on SOF toward allowing those with strong sectarian views to present their beliefs, or at least those specific beliefs that include a faithful condemnation of other peoples’ religious (or irreligious) beliefs.
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