Monday, November 24, 2008

Futile attempts at religious pluralism

Here we go again....
A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.

The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at springs from a "wish" granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California....

Armstrong's wish is to combine universal principles of respect and compassion into a charter based on a "golden rule" she believes is at the core of every major religion.

The Golden Rule essentially calls on people to do unto others as they would have done unto them.

"The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony," Armstrong said.

"If we do not achieve this, it seems unlikely that we will have a viable world to hand on to the next generation."

Charter for Compassion invites people from "all faiths, nationalities, languages and backgrounds" to help draft statements of principles and actions that should be taken.
A couple of observations...
1) As a 'religion expert,' Armstrong is incredibly ignorant if she thinks the Golden Rule is at the core of every major religion.

2) Why do I get the feeling that the definition of 'religion' being used here excludes things like statism, secular humanism, atheism, narcissism, consumerism, etc.?

3) There can be no 'peace' while people live in rebellion to the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ.

4) Jesus alone gives us the example of laying down one's life for one's enemies.

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