Sunday, July 01, 2007

"Interfaith absurdity"

Check out this post on The Scriptorium Daily about a priest named Ann Holmes Redding in the Episcopalian Church USA. She says she is both a Christian and a Muslim. The post by Greg Peters quotes her as saying, “I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both."

That's bad enough, but what's even more amazing is that Redding's bishop is quite OK with a priest in the Episcopal church being both a Christian and a Muslim. According to the Seattle Times, “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.”

In Pilgrim's Progress, the classic book by John Bunyan, there is mentioned a character named Mr. Facing Both Ways. Ms. Redding is like Mr. Facing Both Ways. She's an example of someone who wavers between two mutually exclusive opinions (1 Kings 18:21). A person cannot believe in Jesus, who claimed to be the one way to God, and at the same time adopt the Muslim faith.

But then such "interfaith absurdity" (as Peters calls it) should not surprise us, for in our day truth has been trumped by tolerance, and theology by ecumenism.


James said...

Once upon a time in England this woman would've been burned at the stake for what she's been saying from the pulpit.

In the Middle East the Muslims probably wouldn't recieve her statements so well, either.

I guess it is nice to live in a country where people don't get killed for saying stupid or even heretical things.

I mean I'd rather have the chance to talk her out of her wrong beliefs than just axe her on the spot. (I had to put that in ... it's nearly the 4th of July)

That said, I think that we've redefined "tolerance" to such a point that we're bordering on intolerance. I mean, if you have to believe EVERYTHING you can't really believe ANYTHING can you?

In order to be a Muslim and a Christian this woman has to reject the core fundamental beliefs of both faiths. Neither religion will claim her.

Makes me wonder why she doesn't just go ahead and claim faith in the other major world religions while she's at it.

PaulF said...

I guess this is the kind of thing that starts when people say that Christians, Muslims, and Jews worship the same God of the Bible.

There was a time when I didn't know why the Trinity was so important to Christians or what difference it made, but when you read about this woman's statement of faith you begin to understand why the doctrine of the Trinity is so important.

If you ever want to have some fun, ask a Jehovah Witness "Who do you say Jesus is?" Then when they ask you, say "Jesus is Jehovah."