An old joke goes this way:
Friend: "You are?"
Man: "Yes. I'm a Methodist and she's the devil."
Look, I didn't say it was all that funny, but it is old. And I retell it today to introduce you to this short but good piece about how to have a healthy interfaith marriage.
Over the years I've know quite a few couples in interfaith unions, mostly Christian-Jewish marriages. And they seem to work best when both spouses are open and clear about their own faith commitments and are clear with each other about how to introduce their children to one or the other of the religions.
There is a tradition in Christianity that urges adherents not to enter into interfaith marriages, basing that admonition on II Corinthians 6:14, which in the King James Version reads this way: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
Although there are special challenges to interfaith marriage, I've always considered that reading of that passage to be too narrow and not necessarily a direct reference to interfaith unions. But some folks read it to mean interfaith unions are barred.
At any rate, I thought the advice offered in the piece to which I've linked you was solid. So have a look.
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ANTISEMITIC ACTS CONTINUE
If you read my review of Alvin Rosenfeld's new book, Resurgent Antisemitism, this news will not surprise you -- there have been dozens and dozens of attacks on synagogues in Germany in recent years. This is an old hatred that requites constant vigilance.
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P.S.: My latest Presbyterian Outlook column now is online. To read it, click here.