What are the greatest practical obstacles we face to the practice of unity among believers?
David Buschart argues that theological boundaries are not an obstacle to hospitality but actually a necessary concomitant. He writes, “Not only do boundaries help define who we are, but also the recognition and maintenance of boundaries constitutes a necessary condition for effective and sustainable hospitality. Without boundaries, hospitality is impossible. People in “helping professions” know this. It they are to be of help, therapists, nurses, ministers and doctors must establish and maintain appropriate boundaries between themselves and the people they sesrve. Would-be helpers will be of little use if they lose a sense of their own identity and completely identify with the person they hope to assist. The same is true of those who extend hospitality.” What do you think?
For those of you who have read these books: Any particular points that you would like to add? Disagreements?
What’s your take on theology and culture? Do you agree that “we are all perspectivalists”? How should that impact the way we relate to one another?
Does the notion of “tradition” function positively or negatively for you? Is the distinction between tradition and traditionalism a helpful way to frame the discussion?
Are any of you reading the Bible differently these days? How?