by Kathy Ruff
I recently shared an interesting discussion with members of the All Faiths Tabernacle in Jim Thorpe (Pennsylvania). The conversation — between an acknowledged agnostic, an atheist and two Christians — revolved around whether works grew out of faith or faith grew out of works. Needless to say, the opinions differed.
The respectful interaction went beyond the either/or response and opened a third possibility. It could be both. Though the opinions may not have changed, those present agreed to disagree.
Can you imagine a world where such respect, tolerance and acceptance were the norm?
My heart tugged as I contemplated some of that bloodshed last year when I visted the battlefields in Gettysburg. My imagination painted a graphic picture of the carnage that resulted in this field and many others in the area during the battles fought at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Can you imagine soldiers walking shoulder-to-shoulder out of the tree line into the open field, moving toward their enemies and their deaths?