A few years ago, USA Today reported that more and more Christians are creating faith mashups. You can read the full article here.
It is an age-old practice, this faith blending, called syncretism. Is it good or is it bad? Are religious faiths really flexible enough to allow another faith to be mixed in? How have you seen people attempt syncretism in their lives? Of course, they aren’t thinking to themselves “Hmmm…I would like to practice syncretism…let’s see, what faiths or philosophies can I weave together?” Instead people are just trying to make sense of the world. In some cases they’re trying to understand why there is so much evil or how to get through hard times without a nervous breakdown. There’s nothing wrong with that, right?
Actually, in the article a number of people express their concern or disapproval for this blending of faiths. Where do you stand?
I’d love to hear some examples of Christians practicing syncretism, as well as the reasons why. Feel free to share. Then on Sunday morning we’ll see what our next Minor Prophet, Zephaniah, had to say about syncretism in the nation of Israel.