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Healing Truths in All Religions? I think it was Rami Shapiro’s article on “The Healing Truth in All Religions” that pushed me over the edge (Sept./Oct. issue). “Stained by Sin: Christianity.” Really? That’s the central problem that “Christianity” identifies? That’s the so-called doctrine of substitutionary atonement, which may be classic (Augustine, Aquinas), but there are many Christians—including those of us who identify as Progressive Christians—who do not find that a helpful teaching at all and who have very different understandings of the “saving” power of Jesus. (Check out Matthew Fox’s Original Blessing.) And Rabbi Shapiro’s response in “Roadside Assistance” to the question about Jesus and Christ—again, there are many Christians who do not “worship” Christ (or Jesus) per se and who understand the “Holy Trinity” in a much more complex and subtle way than three “persons.” (See Cynthia Bourgeault’s book The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three for a mind-blowing journey beyond the “triangle.”) Or what about Christ as a pulse of Divine Energy (t …

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