I think we sometimes forget that words *are* a way of acting. As with any action, words can be simply and empty gesture, but they can also inspire, move, and uplift--as Armstrong indicated in the interview when she said theology should be more like poetry. How we talk to and about one another affects what we and others do in the world.
And in that vein, I feel a need to speak carefully and compassionately about those who approach religion in more fundamentalist and extreme ways. I am often tempted to make *them* the other who needs to be defeated or overcome, but their emotional and spiritual needs are no less valid than mine, and don't they also carry the creator within them?
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