Daniel Septimus has thankfully capped the debate I was having with Douglas Rushkoff on Mixed Multitudes, one in which a lot of time was unfortunately spent on positioning and “you don’t practice what you preach” redress, and in capping that debate has re-opened a conversation on the heart of the matter which I hope will be productive. Here are the main points: Daniel writes,
I also lean toward the universalist approach — though I’d prefer to call it the messianic approach, i.e. the dream of redemption for all of humanity; I don’t really understand what’s good about community for the sake of community — without any higher mission
Whereas I write,
[O]ne’s dreams of messianic redemption often become another’s nightmares of cultural imposition; recognizing and encouraging strong communities which provide a safety net for community members, and respect the right of others from outside the community to determine their own destiny within their own dream of their future, creates a world in which each of God’s children can live up to their unique potential.
Please feel free to jump in either here or there–and let’s work out this problem of our time.