Etiquette and Religion, Revisited
Look, people are going to disagree in life. And they are going to disagree even more about religion, which many consider a vital part of their identity, culturally and individually. The problem is not disagreement, the problem is the oft-perceived idea that disagreement is a personal insult to oneself followed by the wielding of disagreement as a weapon as a result of that insult. Disagreement is not a statement of unworthiness of another, or superiority of one’s self. Really, its not.
But maybe we need to learn to disagree with one another better. This is where manners come into the picture. I don’t think that having manners means leaving disagreement behind. In all actuality, I think that part of having manners is being respectfully honest. The honest truth about religion is that the only thing that determines “right” is belief. It goes without saying that I believe…
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