There is a difference between seeing the world as basically a territory where systems compete, where groups with different allegiances live at each otherâ€™s expense, where rivalry is inescapable, and seeing the world as a territory where being in a particular place makes it possible for you to see, to say and to do certain things that arenâ€™t possible elsewhere. The claim of Christian belief is not first and foremost that it offers the only accurate system of thought, as against all other competitors; it is that, by standing in the place of Christ, it is possible to live in such intimacy with God that no fear or failure can ever break Godâ€™s commitment to us, and to live in such a degree of mutual gift and understanding that no human conflict or division need bring us to uncontrollable violence and mutual damage. From here, you can see what you need to see to be at peace with God and with Godâ€™s creation; and also what you need to be at peace with yourself, acknowledging your need of mercy and re-creation.
—Rowan Williams at the World Council of Churches 9th Assembly in Brazil
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