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Religious Pluralism - Panel of Christians Speaks On CNN's Larry King Live
Religious pluralism within the Christian church was very evident on a recent CNN telecast of Larry King Live (aired March 11, 2003). The following are actual excerpts from the transcript:
LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, what would Jesus do about war with Iraq? Here to debate that issue, Conservative Christian leader Bob Jones II, president Bob Jones University. Max Lucado, minister of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio. Father Michael Manning, Roman Catholic priest, host of the international TV show "The Word in the World." Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, also a syndicated radio host. And Bishop Melvin Talbert, ecumenical officer of the United Methodist Church.
KING: Saddam says he prays.
MACARTHUR: Saddam Hussein? I'm sure he does.
KING: He prays five times a day. He believes he's right. He must be praying to something.
MACARTHUR: Well, it's the wrong God unfortunately. There is only one true and living God, and that's the God of the scripture. The God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ. And if you aren't praying to that God, you are praying to no one.
KING: He doesn't believe that. How do you deal with that? His belief may be as strong as your belief.
MACARTHUR: You could believe that you could fly and jump off a five-story building. It doesn't make it real. Unfortunately, false religion is the ultimate deception...
KING: Is the Muslim world all false?
MACARTHUR: Well, the theology of Islam is false. It's the wrong God. It's the wrong view of Christ.
KING: When they hear that, don't they get anti-american thoughts...
MACARTHUR: It has nothing to do with America. I would say it if I were French.
KING: They think yours is the wrong God.
MACARTHUR: Well, they do. But there has to be truth and untruth. Once you've established the truth, and I think the word of God has been established as true -- I think it can hold up under the most intense scrutiny -- and other books do not.
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Sources. JAMES, Varieties of Religious Experience (New York, 1902); IDEM, Pragmatism (New York, 1908); IDEM, A Pluralistic Universe (New York, 1909); IDEM ...
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