What a pity the good people of Bexhill-on-Sea don't have as their vicar one I used to know in the Midlands. Not only was the church available for drumming sessions - wonderful accoustics! - but he used to throw the most excellent celebrations for special Pagan days in his house and garden. Truly inter-faith he was
But let's not tar the whole of Christianity with one brush, this is the act of a person, reported in a particularly left-brain paper.
First time I've heard the Telegraph called left brained. Errrm, what does 'left brained' mean, kvdp? Is it the opposite of left wing?
But I was conscious that I was overgeneralising by tarring the whole of Christianity with the same brush.
Errrm, what does 'left brained' mean, kvdp? Is it the opposite of left wing?
Good point, I was thinking with my right-brain when I typed it!
Theory is the left hemisphere of the brain is ordered, direct, logical, but not good at thinking out of the box; whereas the right hemisphere is about creativity, art and intuition, and flies by the seat of the pants.
As a Tai Chi tutor, I used to think that Christians preventing Tai Chi & Yoga to be held in their halls was unjust and silly. The reasoning behind it was that such activities would draw people away from Jesus down the slippery road of eastern philosophies, which would lead these poor souls to hell and damnation.
Now I think, well this is their belief system and they should uphold it. If I had a hall or centre and some narrow-minded christian sect wanted to hire it, I would turn them down, as I think what they are into is a form of madness.
There is the possibility that the newspaper reports are untruthful, but intollerance of others is an aspect of many religions. As soon as one adopts faith based beliefs they are taking a position against other beliefs, and therefore create the potential for conflict.
Personally I'm drawn to an agnostic position on the subject of spirituality, accepting many different possibilities rather than believing outright in any one narrow belief system.