So you think I'm going to hell?

James Shaheen

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WHAT DO YOU SAY to a fundamentalist Christian who’s certain you’re on the fast track to hell? Keep in mind she may be wondering what to say to you, too, since she knows you probably think she’s impenetrably ignorant. And yet the two of you very likely have no trouble being polite to each another in the checkout line at the local supermarket. Why go further than a simple hello and a strained smile?

To tell you the truth, I’ve wondered this myself. I’ve been to interfaith dialogues that have devolved into group hugs and sentimental contentions that we’re all talking about the same thing (I suspect we may not be). Usually I leave dissatisfied, muttering under my breath.

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