President of Union Theological Seminary Calls for a "Working Religious Pluralism"

November 12, 2003

Source: Columbia Daily Spectator

On November 12, 2003 the Columbia Daily Spectator reported that "Dr. Joseph Haugh, president of the Union Theological Seminary, delivered a speech last night proposing a philosophy of religious pluralism that would have all people working together toward peace and justice. In his address entitled 'The Limitations of Religious Tolerance,' which was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Haugh said that the focus should not be on differences between religions but rather on 'what we can unite on to make the world a more peaceful and just place.' The starting point for religious pluralism, Haugh said, is for everyone to ask, 'What is there in the world that we find reprehensible and unjust? How can we work together to change that?' This, he said, will lead to 'a working religious pluralism.' 'Religious pluralism is something to be welcomed as brimming with possibility,' he said. And until Christianity accepts other religions as valid, he added, the church will not be a legitimate proponent of peace."