Distinction between persons and ideas…

Exclusivism and a proper form of intellectual intolerance are logically inescapable when it comes to truth-claims. Many who speak of tolerance in religious matters fail to recognize that a person can be personally and socially tolerant while simultaneously being (appropriately) intellectually intolerant. The latter stance makes the necessary distinction between persons and ideas or arguments. In fact, exclusivism is unavoidable in matters of religious truth for even the religious pluralist affirms an exclusivist belief that all religions are true.

Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2608

A kind of spiritual fantasy club…

Somewhere along the way, folks got it into their minds that religion was a kind of spiritual fantasy club—true for you, but not necessarily true for me. Find the club that warms your heart and meets your personal needs. Do not, however, confuse religious stories with reality. That is a different thing entirely.

Greg Koukl, from Solid Ground cover letter dated March 1, 2016

Religions are like McDonalds…

Religions are like McDonald’s and Burger King. They’re all selling the same product, just with different window dressings. All religions say basically the same thing and have the same core truths. They all have a common theme—live a good life. They all have a central character, whether it be Jesus or Buddha or Muhammad. Continue reading