Dialoguing with One who Differs

The Old Fool’s last two blogs related to two other religions and the Christian faith.  Michael Stoltzfus who presented Buddhist/Christian Dialogue is a professor religious studies in Valadosta State University, Valadosta, Georgia.  Stoltzfus believes that dialogue may be helpful when the Christian is able to see some weaknesses in his own religion and some values in the religion of the person with whom he is in dialogue. 

This reminds The Old Fool of the civil conversations promoted by Krista Tippit seen and heard on her websit . In October, 2012 Krista monitored a civil conversation on abortion.  She invited  a pro-choice and a pro-life proponent to the conversation.  She first asked each proponent to respond to two questions:  One, what is there about the other side that you admire, and two, what embarrases you about your own side of the abortion issue.  These questions set the tone for the civil conversation that followed

I know that The Old Fool sometimes takes a  controversial stand on an issue.  In an attempt to be honest and civil The Old Fool writes an almost daily blog that may be described as a love letter to his subscribers and others who happen on his website.

Calvin King is a retired Mennonite pastor who meets with other Mennonites in Ashville, South Carolina.  He is an alumnus of Mennonite educational institutions as a student of science and the Bible and has pursued his desire to learn in other settings. Throughout his career, King has struggled with questions and doubts about prayer, Biblical authority, and God.

New Perspectives on Faith invited King to lecture on  My Journey:  from a Mennonite Pastor to a Non-Theist.   King was candid about his faith journey.  Non-theism does not mean that he is an atheist.  From believing God to be a person who is angry, vengeful and distant, King now experiences God to be as near and intimate as the air he breathes.   Listen to his lecture and the Q and A period that follows and judge for yourself.










About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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