My notes from Abdu’s talk!
When we change our convictions we change a part of ourselves.
The exclusivity of truth forces us to make a choice. When we encounter a truth which contradicts our beliefs we have to choose whether to change our beliefs or deny the truth.
Even attempts at being inclusive become exclusive.
Being exclusive is unavoidable when it comes to truth claims.
We used to meet in the civic public square and now we meet in the gladiatorial arena. We sent up our gladiators against the other gladiator to “crush” each other.
Religion is the only area of culture that we try to claim are the same. We do not try to do the same with political or economic systems.
Jesus makes an exclusive claim. He says that he is the only way to God.
To claim that all religions are the same is actually disrespectful of other religions. How insulting must it be to a Muslim for you to say that his belief that God is a monad is the same as the Christian who thinks it is a Trinity.
When we engage with that tolerance means all ideas are the same and inclusive, not exclusive we lose the true meaning of tolerance. Tolerance is about learning to handle the stress between differing world views.
The push towards homogeneity does make people tolerant towards other faiths, it makes them indifferent.
It is possible for us to be both the source of our problem and the solution?
The attempt to make Jesus in our image is to do what Judas did, betray him with a kiss.