Three rules for religious understanding

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:

  1. Relevant information about a religion should be gained from the very source
  2. Compare our best with their best and not our best with their worst
  3. 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.

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