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Re: Tolerance (was: THE WORLD OF THE JINN)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 14:40
Quoting Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>:

> > My Christian education, however, has been Catholic (Mum's side) and > > Baptist (Dad's side). > > > >> May I ask, tho, how long-standing these parts of the Catholic Catechism > >> are? It > >> strikes me as, well, a bit 20th century. > > > > Yes, you may. Go ahead :) > > This is the post-Vatican II Catechism.
> I don't have the Tridentine Catechism. But that was drawn up at the time of > the Counter-Reformation so probably more euro-centric and inward looking. > > I suspect during the Crusades remarks about Muslims were not so charitable.
Both sound highly plausible.
> But I don't want to engage in a "mine church is more charitable than yours" > or "my church is more faithful to the Bible" type of debate.
Since I'm apparently on the "mine church is less charitable than yours" side of the debate, I guess I should be thankful!
> Attitudes > have > simply changed over the ages; there was a time, e.g. when suicides would > not > be buried in consecrated ground because they had committed a "mortal sin" > by > killing themselves. But in these more enlightened times we realize suicide > is not as simple as that - it ain't black and white - and judgment is God' > s alone. > > "He [God] wants everyone to be saved and reach full knowledge of the truth, > " wrote > Paul to Timothy [1 Tim. 2:4]. If that's what God wants (and I believe > Paul is right), > then that is my wish & hope.
I share that wish and hope. In the meantime, I'm not pretending to actually _know_ the fate of any given individual after death. Andreas