Ecumenism

I have just finished a Symposium on Oxford with rev. Brian Mountford.

I have attended before, but this time, it seems to me, that the dialogue have been going on so long, that we are really beginning what I suppose mr. Mountford had inteded in the first place with the Symposium, some true ecumenical progress.

We have to get to know each other, and as the dialogue progresses, we actually do get somewhere.

I had a very interesting conversation with mr. Parviz a muslim scholar on the difficulty of Pakistani development in terms of accepting secularism and humanism.

I am a classical humanistic philosopher, with long hair, and a rebellious attitude. So for me, that was quite the opposite of what I have of problems. My problem have been the inhuman terrorist of islam, that seek to undermine the democratic institutions through violence against civilians here in Denmark, and in the West in general.

So it was interesting to able to see it from the perspective of a midleaning muslim scholar.

That was real progress, and I hope that mr. Mountford sees this as a fruit of his labor. Well done mr. Mountford!

For me, I have been thinking a lot about the crisis of the organized religions, and how we may find a way to tackle it. Here again it was quite enligtening, to hear that mr. Mountford in his new book recognizes the basic difficulty of trying to fight for a philosophical perspective in a world of absolute superficiality.

I mean, from Plato to Tik Tok there is an abyss of difference, that we in the religious community have to talk about and find a way to undertand and tackle.

His holiness pope Francis have initiated a “rennaissance” within the Christian chuches, going to the core message of Christianity. In a reflection of the difficulty of closing the gap. I believe that that is a good way, because, the competition of moderne media forces us to show the public, the value or religion.

I believe, that people cannot live only with superficiality, as rev. Mountford argues, off cause people need to have a connection to the deeper stratifications of their own soul. People are complex beings, and reducing them to the superficial level, that they are today is unhealthy for them and for society.

It may be easy to sit and exchange emoticons on the internet, but having children and caring for them, is still difficult, and requires knowledge of how to sacrifice yourself in a harsh experience.

The role of the family as an insitution is still extremely vital, not least the children, that often suffer in this new digital world.

So there is a place of religion in our world, we just need to figure out a way to understand and tackle this new world of digital competition, and superficiality.

Not by becoming more superficial, but by being honest about our own qualities, and giving them, in some way to the public.

We still need profoundness and kindness in this world, healing. We just need a way to understand how we do that in this new confusing world, not least for the children, who are the true victims of this new world.

They are growing up in a world, where grown ups are in a tablet, and not as a supportive living person close to them.

We need to Change that.

G-d bless the will to be honest in a difficult situation.

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