Communicating Christ in a Multicultural World

"The "Dialogue Between Men of Living Faiths", functioning as an internal sign of hope, introduced most of us to a new spirituality, an interfaith spirituality, which I mostly felt in common prayer: who actually led the prayer or meditation, a Christian or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist, did not much matter, what actually was said during prayer was not all important, whether a Muslim would say 'Amen' after a Christian prayer mentioned the sonship of Christ, was not the question, what we really became aware of was our common human situation before God and in God"
(Stanley J Samartha, "Dialogue Between Men of Living Faiths", World Council of Churches, Geneva, 1971)


Syncretism is the name given to practices that combine different religious elements into a new system of faith and belief. It tends to "blunt" all claims to "exclusive" religious truth and "blend" the teachings of different religions in such a way as to produce a common religious experience.

In a world full of religious expression, it is not surprising that some people decide the best approach to spiritual issues is to take the parts they like from different religions and create their own hybrids.

Examples of Syncretism

"Christian" Syncretism

Those who claim to follow Christ sometimes incorporate pagan ideas into their faith.

The Bible rejects any syncretistic accommodation of Christianity and non-Christian religions - 1 Corinthians 10:21; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.

Ultimately, syncretism is but another form of rejection of Christ.


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