and I went over to Lenoir
tonight for their Institute for Faith and Learning series. Speaker Andrew Bowen
spent the year of 2011 immersed in 12 different religions (or belief systems)
trying to overcome his hatred of “other” religions.
picking his 12 he decided they had to be ones he didn’t really know anything
about and condemned. He also tried to pick ones that had Holy Days during that
month so he could learn more and more quickly.
12 were: Hinduism, Baha’i, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Agnosticism,
Latter-Day-Saints, Wicca, Catholicism, Islam, Sikhism and Jainism. And he had a
mentor for each.
month was divided the same way. Week 1 was religious practices, worship and
ritual. Week 2; culture and art. Week 3; social issues and conflicts and week
4; personal reflection. (What stereotype did he use to have that had changed?
What could he take from them and use in his own life?)
a year he said he was able to “see the humanity in all people” and felt like he
overcame his hatred. But he lost his Christian faith. When asked by a member of
the audience what religion he believes in now he said, “None really. Sort of a
blend that probably leans toward Buddhism."
found this all somewhat shallow and very sad. I kept thinking how God had kept the Israelites in Egypt apart from others so they would stay strong in their belief and this guy did the opposite and it did just what God said it would.
he was talking about the mentors he said the only ones who tried to convert him
were the 2 from the Latter-Day-Saints.
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