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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Respectfully speaking

I am impressed that the words below were spoken by two Lipscomb University professors and that an interfaith gathering recently took place on campus:

To live peacefully with Muslims and Jews, Christians must put aside the notion that their faith requires the creation of a Christian kingdom on Earth, a Lipscomb University theologian told an interfaith gathering at the university.

"We are not going to get very far in our relationship with Jews or Muslims if we do not let go of this idea," Lipscomb professor Lee Camp said at Tuesday's conference.

As I've said before, I don't expect someone to forfeit their beliefs in the name of tolerance, but I do hope that we can all find a way to be respectful when sharing our viewpoints by acknowledging that other legitimate perspectives exist.

I'm a Lipscomb high school alumnus, and I've had my share of frustrations with the institution over the years. That said, there are many kind-hearted, well-intentioned people who attend, work for or otherwise contribute to life on that campus. I don't think that this kind of event or the words above would have generated anything but outrage when I was a student. This kind of forum is major progress.

3 comments:

lrlandiss said...

Hey, bro! Found you through my new Google alerts! Check out the Lipscomb website (www.lipscomb.edu) for what Lee really said. The Tenneseean really messed this one up badly!
Love you!
LL

lrlandiss said...

Sorry - thought you were my brother! You and he have the same name and he's an LU alum! Who'd have thought it?

Rob Robinson said...

Hey, no worries, LL. I was wondering for a second whom you might be. Thanks for the Lipscomb link. I'm curious to see their clarification.