Wouldn’t We All? (a prayer for inclusion)

On Sunday morning radio I heard a Reformed Rabbi
discussing a more inclusive definition of Jewishness
within the Reformed Tradition.
In future those with Jewish fathers only
as well as those with Jewish mothers
might rightfully designate themselves as Jewish.
Half joking, half in earnest
the good rabbi also explained
that Reformed Jews do not need to believe in God,
my ears pricking up.
No need for Reformed Jews to believe in God
provided they are doing what God wants,
living righteous and upright lives,
faith having more to do with lifestyle
than with adherence to doctrine.
Naturally the good rabbi would prefer that all who espouse the Jewish faith
might attend the Synagogue and adhere to the Commandments.
Wouldn’t we all?
At times within our Church, it seems that we are being worryingly drawn back towards various theologies of exclusion. Maybe it really is time to revisit Karl Rahner’s theology of Anonymous Christianity and those seminal documents of the Second Vatican Council so refreshingly permeated by Rahner’s inclusive theology.

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