THE CHRISTIAN PLURALIST: an invitation from the pew

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That The Christian Pluralist had to be written is a testimony to the power which fear plays in the lives of so many. We fragile humans ill tolerate ambiguity and ambivalance, so we are too often driven to black and white thinking, polarizing behaviors, scapegoating, and the projection of our own unacknowledged shadow onto others. Working within the Christian tradition, laymen Buffie and Charles summon believers to recover the compassion of their tradition, to use the minds they were given to consider the range of beliefs which the experience of divinity generates, and to respect the many images which arise from sincere experience. Why humility before the magnitude of divinity should be necessary to defend is, again, a measure of our fears, and the compensatory arrogance such fears beget. Their work will not be welcomed by some, but it is needed by all, if Christians wish to be faithful to the openness their Savior so obviously practiced. Dr. James HollisJungian AnalystAuthorThe Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

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Bill Buffie grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and attended Northwestern University on a baseball scholarship where he was a senior co-captain and second team all Big Ten. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern in 1977 he entered medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Upon completing medical school with highest distinction (Alpha Omega Alpha), and then his residency in Internal Medicine, he became board certified in both Internal Medicine and Critical Care. He currently practices in Indianapolis where he is the CEO of a large multispecialty group while maintaining his full-time clinical practice as a hospitalist. He and his wife, Jo Ellen, have raised four children - Sean, Sarah, Claire, and Hannah - while attending Southport United Methodist Church. In his free time he enjoys gardening and playing tennis as well as travels with his family. John Charles was raised in Bedford, Indiana. He later served in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Europe before eventually graduating summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in history. He currently works as an Assistant District Manager for an agency of the federal government. John, maintaining his interest in history and literature, is a voracious reader. He also enjoys college basketball and football and is a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. He and his wife, Donna, also have been longstanding members of Southport United Methodist Church while raising their two sons, Adam and David. For nine years John has been active in the SUMC Disciple Bible Study program as both a pupil and teacher.

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Book Description AUTHORHOUSE, United States, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. John Charles and Bill Buffie have provided something in The Christian Pluralist that has been needed for a long time--a voice from the pews. They are not theology professors; they are not clergy. They are part of what makes up the huge majority of every church--the laity. And their voice, and the many for whom I think they speak, is a necessary one in our time--a voice that speaks to questions of the importance of religion without that importance degenerating into absolute claims of absolute truth. Theirs is a voice that embraces religion but not religious intolerance; embraces Christianity as a spiritual path but not as a highway of hate; embraces the Bible as story but not as a weapon. Theirs is a voice that raises questions, seeks a community in which to explore answers, and one that calls for a truly common good. Theirs is a voice of the people, one that speaks in witness to the existence of something other than a religious right in our congregations. Theirs is an enlightened American voice, and it is one to which we should listen. Thomas J. Davis Chair Religious Studies Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis What gives this book its unique angle is that two serious-minded laymen--folks from the pews--wrote it rather than leaving the matter to theologically trained scholars. Buffie and Charles treat an important subject with sophistication, and the perspective they provide is valuable, accessible, and timely. Dr. David Bodenhamer Executive Director The Polis Center, Indianapolis IN Buffie and Charles have had the courage to share their misgivings about the direction taken by many Christians in denying authenticity to the religious searches and beliefs of others. Theyhave set out a discussion to assist these fellow Christians to open to and embrace others who believe differently than they do. They invite all to join in the work of creating a global community of religions and religious persons dedicated to the peace and common good of humankind. Judith C. Wimmer Professor, Religious Studies Edgewood College, WI As one who taught history, I vividly recall lively discussions with young people about how, during particular times, religious belief and resulting fanaticism triggered the most atrocious acts and fired the very hatred that truly religious people supposedly abhor. Sadly, we live in such a time today. Buffie and Charles provide a timely, thoughtful and balanced perspective about how religious faith, particularly from a Christian perspective, may embrace a diversity of belief. The book gently challenges those convinced of the infallibility of their own beliefs, supporting the often-ignored words of the Rabbi Jesus, In my Father s house are many rooms. The term important reading is bandied about ad nauseam, but if ever that description were appropriate, it is appropriate for this book. Dr. H. Douglas Williams Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Perry Township Indianapolis IN The Christian Pluralist challenges us not to rethink our faith but to question our approach toward other faiths. The authors, William Buffie and John Charles, maintain that the core of Christianity lies in tolerance and understanding, and that true Christians - indeed, people of all persuasions who are true to their faith - should therefore adopt a tolerant and understanding approach toward other religions. Buffie and Charles express their argument eloquentlyand persuasively. Theirs is a voice of reason, acceptance, and compassion in a world that is, increasingly, influenced by religious absolutism, intolerance, and extremism. Clayton Bond, Business Executive Christian: One who lives according to the teachings of Jesus. Pluralism: The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9781425908324

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