I am getting ready to launch this project but I still need some help. I have reached out to a number of people that can add value to The Pluralists. Many of those people have responded and seen intrigued by the idea, but the contributions still skew white, male and Christian. This is unacceptable to me and I want to fix it as soon as possible. If this is something you would like to help build then please send me an email at steven [at] thepluralists.org I would be honored to consider your work for inclusion (yes, white male Christians will also be considered, too).

The Pluralists is an online space for people that have a belief that theological, cultural, and philosophical pluralism benefits our society. The Pluralists doesn’t require strict adherence to specific beliefs and attempts to be dogma-free.

I am a Christian (in a certain sense) but I think that much of Western Christianity has turned Pluralism into a cuss word, intended to prevent people from slipping down the slope into moral relativity. I hope this project can help to change that perception.

For the purposes of this project I have accepted these definitions of pluralism from Oxford Dictionary:

  • A theory or system of devolution and autonomy for individual bodies in preference to monolithic state control.

  • A form of society in which the members of minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions.

  • A theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle.

The scope of the project will be wide but I would particularly like to explore how cultural, political and philosophical pluralism intersect we the religion and spirituality.

The Pluralists isn’t diverse because we are trying to evangelise people into assimilation. We believe that everyone has a unique perspective and something important to bring to the table. We don't want to simply tolerate others ideologies; We intend to actively engage other cultures, ideas and religions. We want to see the beauty that other people see and understand their truth the way they do.

There is a possibility that you may be uncomfortable with the premise so I’ll provide a bit more detail.

I will have to see where this project goes ( and I have some grander ideas) but I think it is important to start small and focus on content first. I would like to start with some diverse, smart and  accessible articles, blog posts or essays. I’m really interested in getting some of these topics up:

  • Things from other faith traditions that have impacted your own faith.

  • Why you still hold to your faith, whether in a pluralistic or exclusive way.

  • Religious exclusionism vs inclusionism: Why should we choose either in an ever-increasingly globalised world.

  • A person's individual role in salvation. For example: How can it be precisely defined, or, why it can’t be defined at all.

  • Anything you feel like sharing regarding inter-faith or intra-faith relations.

  • Any type of faith transition, major or minor (denominational or a new faith altogether).

  • “10 things I wish more people knew about my faith.”

  • Whatever else you want to write about pluralism even if you want to write something critical of the overall theme.

I would be honored if you could do anything to help. If you are inclined and have the time I would appreciate any original content, or permission to republish existing content. I know that this isn't always possible as I’m sure you’re busy and copyright will be an issue but even a shout-out on social media would really benefit the project.

As part of our open platform, most of the original content will be available through a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) and is available for republishing (with or without alteration) with just an attribution to the original author. So, another thing you can do to help if you support our vision is to republish one of our articles on your platform.

If this is something you would like to help build, please send me an email: steven [at] thepluralists.org