Convergence and Conflict
When I was younger and first began to travel the world, it was a remarkably diverse place: the abacus-and-street-market economy in an isolated economy seemingly oblivious to the assembly-line controls in another. Now we rush toward convergence, a McWorld uniformity often wearing little difference beyond the language dubbed on the latest video. The few holdouts are seen as hostile to the new world order and cultural clashes as last-gasp futility.
The world of faith, too, is on a convergent path. As the faithful become less so, there is a rush to create a generic, catchall version. The reasons for a past Reformation are avoided in the urge to merge. Perhaps a fear of religious conflict, as we read about in old history books, animates the trend. But it extends beyond Christianity. It is marked by New Age generalizations, dialogue between major faiths, and political distrust of all religious zealotry.
The generation gap rather accurately described traditional cultures and their respect for age and experience, and caution against allowing the young to dictate society
Article Author: Lincoln E. Steed
Lincoln E. Steed is the editor of Liberty magazine, a 200,000 circulation religious liberty journal which is distributed to political leaders, judiciary, lawyers and other thought leaders in North America. He is additionally the host of the weekly 3ABN television show "The Liberty Insider," and the radio program "Lifequest Liberty."