Monday, May 22, 2006

Inter-religious dialogue guidelines

From the WCC, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and others. World Council of Churches - 16-05-06: Report from Inter-Religious Consultation on. A bit anodyne, and somewhat naive (just how are all "faiths" supposed to evolve a "code of conduct" on conversion? Oh, yes, more bureaucracy? Conversion by committee? Geez!), but nothing too terrible. Some suggestions are pretty decent:
Freedom of religion is a fundamental, inviolable and non-negotiable right of every human being in every country in the world. Freedom of religion connotes the freedom, without any obstruction, to practice one’s own faith, freedom to propagate the teachings of one’s faith to people of one’s own and other faiths, and also the freedom to embrace another faith out of one’s own free choice.
and
While deeply appreciating humanitarian work by faith communities, we feel that it should be conducted without any ulterior motives. In the area of humanitarian service in times of need, what we can do together, we should not do separately.
. But, as the folks at Christianity Today note, very opaque. "Unethical" is in quotes in the document itself. Whose ethics? And just what is an "obsession of converting others?" The Great Commission?

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