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”:
- When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
- Don’t compare your best to their worst.
- Leave room for “holy envy.”
Everyone would be a lot happier and get along a lot better if we could remember these simple rules.