The history of religion could be described as a continual process of drawing lines–sometimes they turn into fences or walls, sometimes into circles.
I notice that many interreligious groups/artists like to create new images to include more and more believers. I understand that, and respect that, to a point. But what’s the point, really? Maybe what we most need are rippling, intersecting circles that consistently include human beings, faith or no faith, regardless of religion, race, nationality, gender, etc, etc. Then, maybe, we can draw in the other life that shares the earth with us.
We need more images based on Edwin Markham’s famous poem, “Outwitted”:
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!”
Here’s a nice one:
We need these good reminders that, if we truly have to draw any lines, they should draw IN, not push OUT.