Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Talk About Cognitive Dissonance

This blurb from USA Today's website fascinates me:

An Episcopal priest in Seattle is fighting attempts by Rhode Island Episcopal Bishop Geralyn Wolf to defrock her for practicing Islam and Christianity at the same time.

Ann Holmes Redding, who marks the 25th anniversary of her ordination on March 25, says she believes she can practice both faiths and should not have to recant her Muslim beliefs.
Granted, I'm not a religious scholar, but this would seem to be one of those situations that requires a person to make a choice one way or the other. I'm not saying you can't see a lot of similarity in the real world dictates of the two faiths. But it seems to me impossible to at once hold that Jesus was the Son of God while also holding that he was merely one of a series of prophets.

But, of course, if Redding wants to work it that way, she's more than welcome to. That's what the First Amendment is all about. Which is why I've never understood the reluctance of some folks to leave one flavor of faith for another. Hell, make up a new one, if you want, it's a free country. Why go through the grief of getting kicked out?

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