Aug 2, 2010
Jane and Laura had been close friends since childhood. All of that changed when Jane had a religious conversion experience. Jane ended their longtime friendship because Laura was "not a believer." Laura was devastated. How could a religion supposedly about love lead someone to reject a lifetime friendship? Laura was determined to have nothing to do with organized religion in the future.
Jane's behavior toward Laura betrays great confusion about several different loves: spiritual love, friendship and community love. When one belongs to a particular religious community, should you only have friends who believe as you do? Should you be expected to be friends with everyone in your particular religious community? How do spiritual love and community love relate to each other? These and other questions are universal, having implications for what ever faith community you belong to, Christian, Muslim, Jew or otherwise.
In the next episode, we will begin to unravel Jane's confusion by looking at a suggested definition of community love.
This podcast series is based on my book The Six Faces of Love which can be found at craigowen.net