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Monday, December 11, 2006

"On Faith" is a disappointment to dialogue

It would be nice to give On Faith, the attempt at religious coverage by Newsweek and the Washington Post a fair shake, but I'm pretty skeptical of this type of coverage. Why? Because what it does is little more than pit people with strong religious convictions either for or against one another with little effort at achieving broader understanding and tolerance.

There is no end to people who practice and evangelize their religion with verve. What is lacking in this country is understanding of and tolerance for other ways of viewing God, including not believing.

Can we create opportunities for learning from episodes of misunderstanding? Can we break through our ignorance and respect forms of religious practice while not relinquishing our own? Can we truly learn to respect each other's differences and recognize that we are all ascribing to some form of a good life?

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