Krister Stendahl, an emeritus Lutheran bishop and former dean of the Harvard Divinity School, defended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1985 at a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
At the time, the LDS Church was working to construct a temple in Stockholm amidst opposition based on anti-Mormon literature. Stendahl offered three rules to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding:
- Relevant information about a religion should be gained from the very source
- Compare our best with their best and not our best with their worst
- Leave sufficient room for “holy envy”
“These principles foster relationships between religions that build trust and lay the groundwork for charitable efforts, ” Mormon Newsroom wrote in an article.
To read more about LDS interfaith efforts, click here.