An Impartial View of Global Theology
Global theology is a touchy topic. In this article we give an impartial view of global theology and its placein the world. If you never heard the term "Global Theology" then this article will provide you with a brief introduction.
The debate on global theology
We recognize that it is almost impossible to get an impartial view on the issue of global theology. This isbecause the people that have been working on this issue are determined to find the means to presenttheir own religious learning in a format that is acceptable to the general public. The dilemma is whether tocompletely dismiss their arguments or to allow for some compromise. If you belong to a certain religionthen you will view the global theology issues within the prism of your religious teaching andunderstanding. It is very hard to argue otherwise. We also have to consider the fact that many people thatare in the process of analyzing religion tend to mix tradition and religion. This is a toxic recipe that almostalways destroys rational thought. Christians do not have to take on the Hebrew traditions because theyare separate. In practice it is very hard to enforce this sort of discipline. The libertarians might alsowonder whether it is really desirable to enforce the issues of global theology within the structures of impartiality. That is almost bordering on intolerance.
Making the case for global theology
Who has been making the case for global theology? It seems that this issue has been owned by theecumenical spirit in the hope that we can avoid religious conflict and the other peripheral issues that seemto be diving people these days. It is difficult to see whether the ecumenical spirit will be able to solve theissues in the Middle East using the global theology. On the other hand you have the religious right in theUSA which is determined to protect its interpretation of scripture to the exclusion of any alternativethought. There was a telling program about the so called faith tours to the Holy Land. Some Americantourists had gone to see what was happening in the settlements. One of the ladies then commented thatshe did not want to see Palestinian children until they became Christians. Such attitudes mean that it ishighly unlikely that the concept of global theology is going to take hold in a serious way.We then have the religious pluralism that has been implemented in Western communities as a responseto the shocking bigotry against minorities. One would think that this will form the basis of global theology.However there is a big world between the policies enacted by the government and the actual practices of individual people. If there is an attempt to impose a politically correct version of faith then theconservatives will be up in arms. Therefore religious pluralism is a dream rather than an achievement. Wethen have the atheist movement that people mistakenly consider to be benign. Being an atheist is not aneutral position. In fact we have many examples of atheists that have been able to promote their agendaquite effectively. For them the idea of global theology might be yet another indicator that the Church isbeginning to encroach on the State.The religious leaders that we have today are wholly inadequate when it comes to championing the causeof global theology. Many of them are sitting on shocking scandals and they have actively participated inyears of prejudice. Their appeal is limited to their congregation and any attempts at ecumenical spirits arethwarted by the conservatives. Likewise the liberals are determined to change the organized religions insuch a way that they hold no distinction form the life of atheists. Some of the most intolerant people inreligious matters are the so called liberals. You cannot espouse conservative teaching in their midst