From Paul Knitter’s Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian: “My problems with Christian language deepen precisely when we try actually to answer that question: “What do we believe if we don’t believe literally?” So many of the interpretations of Christian doctrines have become barriers to exploring their deeper content, or to exploring other content. The primary reason for this seems to be the way the meanings given to Christian beliefs so often set up walls –walls that exclude. Either they wall off other, or different, interpretations by insisting that this is the only valid way of understanding a particular doctrine (e.g. “transubstantiation” is the only way of understanding the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist). Or they exclude, or denigrate, all truths on the other side of the Christian wall, in other religions. It seems that so often the way that we Christians affirm that “we hold these truths” leads us to deny or put down the truths that others hold.”



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