Monday, June 18, 2007

Trying to make the incompatible compatible

This is a sure sign of how much trouble the American Episcopal Church is in. One of their pastors, Ann Holmes Redding, believes she is both Muslim and Christian. The worst part might be how her bishop responded to this,
Redding's bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.
What other "exciting" things can we do if we ignore each religion's truth claims? Maybe Redding will next believe that Jerusalem and Mecca are the same place. Or that Jesus and Mohammad were the same person. What exciting interfaith possibilities those are! Just make up whatever you want!

Later on we get a taste of Redding's beliefs and start to see why she thinks Islam and Christianity are compatible.
She believes Jesus is the son of God insofar as all humans are the children of God, and that Jesus is divine, just as all humans are divine — because God dwells in all humans.
So then Jesus is just like other humans but cooler?

As Melinda Penner at the STR blog says, "One can only confess both Christianity and Islam if she misunderstands them both and treats religion like she chooses ice (cream). She can have both strawberry and butter pecan, but she can't have both Christianity and Islam."

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