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In this “New Religious America,” we must, as Wesley advised, enlarge our hearts “toward all mankind, those [we] know and those [we] do not.” We must “embrace with strong and cordial affection neighbors and strangers, friends and enemies. This is catholic or universal love.” As Wesley taught us, peaceful coexistence among differing religious groups is entirely possible and beneficial for everyone. For Wesley’s vision to be realized, however, actual difference of opinion must be allowed, even celebrated. Let us not “vainly endeavor” to mix many different views into one, but learn to accept, celebrate, and find meaningful common ground despite our religious differences.

Jake Raabe is a student at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He is a contributor at The Baptist Standard and Think Christian, as well as the co-author of Divine Providence: A Conversation.

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