Interfaith Marriages: Religious Tolerance or Religious Dilution? -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
When two people gather n marriage they each bring their own backgrounds into the relationship, and that includes religion. I remember during high school we were warned against being "unequally yoked." In other words, your faith may suffer if you date non-Christians. Dating and marriage between two people of different faith traditions is becoming increasingly common (even among clergy), but what does this mean for the couple, for their families, for their faith communities. Does one partner in the relationship convert to the faith of the other? Do they try to maintain separate religious identities, raising children in both and letting them decide. Cheryl and I share the same faith, but what of our son? A few months back I was in conversation with a Muslim friend who has a daughter a bit younger than Brett. I said to him, what would your family think if your daughter started dating my son. Amin and I are friends, but would that be enough to bridge the gap? He didn't think it would go over very well! Well, in this week's Sighting's essay, Martin Marty examines this question in the context of the question of whether this trend portends religious tolerance or religious dilution. I welcome your input!