Three Rules of Religious Understanding

The late Krister Stendahl (Swedish Lutheran bishop and dean of the Harvard Divinity School) was an outspoken critic in the mid-1980s of those who opposed the building of an LDS temple in Sweden. During a press conference, he gave these “three rules of religious understanding”:

  1. When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
  2. Don’t compare your best to their worst.
  3. Leave room for “holy envy.”

Everyone would be a lot happier and get along a lot better if we could remember these simple rules.