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Chapter 14: Religion and Diversity
Religion and Diversity
Conflict Makes God News
God was not big in the media when this book was first written in the 1960s. Local papers, reflecting community life, chronicled the sales of work of church congregations. But only a few religious stories commanded the fitful attention of national news editors. One was Pope John's Vatican Council, which sought to make Catholicism broader-minded. Another was Bishop John Robinson's shocking-at-the-time introduction to twentieth century theology, Honest to God.
Forty years later, God makes international headlines. This is because doctrines he is believed to inspire have led to conflict – in Ireland, Bosnia, Israel/Palestine, the Muslim world, India, Britain and even within the normally unemotional Anglican Communion.
As interpreted by Pope Benedict XVI, God rejects religious pluralism, moral relativism, ...