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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS CONTENTIOUS LEADERS ROOTS SIN+000724 %DISAGREE UNITY COOPERATION DOCTRINE RITUAL GOOD+000723 %DEVIL TRADITION INSTITUTION CHURCH CONFESSION GOD+000724 %DICHOTOMY PARADOX MORALITY SITUATIONS ETHICS EVIL 000724 Religious leaders often are in conflict with each other because of unrecognized and unacknowledged differences in regards to: 1. Unquestioned convictions, beliefs, assumptions, and attitudes ---in terms of which they perceive meanings in texts which are central to their religious lives. 2. Unquestioned criteria in terms of which they accept or reject various affirmations, realities, and experiences as being important. 3. Accepting traditions, institutions, and/or literal interpretations of texts as absolutely binding upon them; or as suggestive guidelines, or somewhere "in- between". 4. Accepting diverse personal perceptions, experiences, intuitions, desires, hopes, aspirations, dreams, visions and revelations as meriting careful and thoughtful consideration. 5. The importance of internal coherence and integrity within persons, communities, and teachings. 6. The propriety of coercion, violence, arrogance, self-righteousness and dominance within personal relationships. 7. The natures of: truth, righteousness, salvation, redemption, good, evil, sin, health, integrity, heaven, hell, security, law, order, chaos, morality, love and God. 8. The senses in which the texts of accepted scriptures are true, reliable, trustworthy, and/or worthy of respect and honor. 9. What are proper and what are improper ways to resolve conflicts between diverse ideals, values, principles, commandments; and people who honor them. 10. The ways in which some people can be better than others, how they can know who is better than others, and what differences such ways and knowledge can make in our lives together on planet Earth and thereafter. Central to many people's kinds of preoccupations are their conceptions of the nature of God, and how they try to be like their of God: 1. Like a domineering King who reigns with absolute power, knowledge and authority. 2. Like a wonderful father who loves all children graciously and gently --- while firmly guiding and nurturing their development of healthy relationships. 3. Being One, whole, without factions; demonstrating healthy integrity with authentic power. 4. Being focused on maintaining law, order, discipline and proper conformity to how things should be. 5. Being the most powerful One in Control of All. 6. Excelling in facilitating daily cooperation, peacemaking and conflict resolution among complementary kinds of different people. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================