Are there any positives that you see in other faiths/denominations that you either incorporate into your belief system, or that you believe would benefit your faith community? I’m not implying that what they have is true and what you have is false, but rather aspects that don’t go against your own beliefs that you could see how they are beneficial.
So, I’ll give some examples that apply to me;
Zen Buddhism/Taoism and certain other eastern philosophies appeal to me in the aspect of “going with the flow.” Not stressing over things that will happen regardless of anxiety. Also the aspect of learning from nature, and trying to live simply.
Amish; community without gov’t reliance
Buddhism; meditative-style control over the physical self (regulation of heart rate, body temp, etc…).
And one that I find particularly relevant here on CAF and also in general outlook on things; the difference between liturgical style churches and more free form. For the sake of illustration, I’ll reference RC beliefs and practices and non-denominational non-liturgical protestant practices/beliefs.
Liturgical churches have attempted to elevate church life into every day, and calendar days. Many non-liturgical churches do not. Each style has their people who are Christmas and Easter members, but I can admire one of the ideas of a more liturgical church, such as the RCC, and that is the understanding that “every day” or everyday is connected with church life, take advent for example.
Sometimes I wonder if that is one of the biggest differences between the RCC and a more non-liturgical protestant perspective; the focus is completely different in the sense that it seems if the protestant church doesn’t watch it, it seems to repeatedly “just” offer the gospel message of salvation again and again and again. In effect, exhorting the sheep to become sheep even though they are already sheep. To stop at the milk of the gospel and go no further. I respect the RCC in its attempt to be more of direction as how to carry out life in general beyond salvation (again, from a non-liturgical prot. perspective).
On the flip side, I do believe protestant churches, for that very reason, (esp. evangelicals) do a fantastic job of presenting the good news. But, perhaps where they have let people down is in the area of trying to help their people live out, daily, the church life. Now, obviously in all of this I’ve presented an idealistic perspective, in reality we have people on each side not living up to what they “should” do, but it’s just some thoughts I had on the whole matter.
Anyone else care to share?