According to a recent article in the Christian Century (Sept. 28, 2016), one reason America has become less religious is our religious diversity. It goes on to say:
Although religious pluralism is not necessarily the cause of declining religiosity, it does expose people to ideas and prices that challenge their faith.
All I have to say is, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
The story of Elsie (see blog post from December, 2015) is a perfect illustration of the above quote – and further rationale for engaging in the intrafaith conversation.
This is not simply an interesting add-on to the work of ministry today. It is integral to the message we preach and preach, the mission we promote, and the church we want to become.
A big thanks to all of you who are reading the book in your churches and passing it along to friends. Keep the movement going!