Switzerland: Interreligious calendar

Source: FSSPX News


The 2004-2005 edition is entitled Between beliefs and convictions. As every year, this interreligious calendar lists the principal feasts of the traditions of Bahai, Buddhism, China, Christianity, civil (sic) Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. Explanatory notes and reference texts on each religion, including atheism, illustrate around ten feasts presented each month.

“Religions – much more than static and closed systems of the representation of the world and the hereafter – are just as much ways destined to allow humanity to pass beyond its finiteness, by proposing responses to fundamental questions: “Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going? What are my priorities and how to live with other people?”, says the communiqué released by the three organizations responsible for the calendar. The calendar, they claim, “rests on the idea that religious traditions are not so much abstract systems, articulated around renowned intangible dogma, but rather pathways to take – some will say the ways to salvation”. Its objective “is not to oppose one truth to another, even less to relativize them in the name of a superior point of view – which one? – but, more modestly, to seek what makes sense for one or another, leaving to each person the care of determining what is true for him or her,” affirmed Pastor Jean-Claude Basset, lecturer at the University of Lausanne, in the presentation folder.

One page of the calendar, traditionally dedicated to Western humanism, deals, this year, with atheism. “It is a way of remembering, that if faith is one choice, not believing is another one, just as respectable,” emphasized Pastor Basset.