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from the Introduction:
As defined, the term “apostate” refers to a “dissenter, heretic, nonconformist, defector, deserter, traitor, turncoat or renegade.” It can also mean a “runaway slave.” “Apostasy” is the “abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.” Also “defection,” “disaffiliation,” “disloyalty,” “betrayal.” In other words, the opposite of loyalty, or submissive obedience. This sure makes apostasy sound bad, horrible, terrible … You get the point. To identify as an apostate seems to ask for trouble, maybe even to indicate a touch of madness—pixilated, touched in the head, as folks used to say. In some cultures apostasy is criminalized. Who would dare to claim the title of apostate?
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Affable means a person is “friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to.” As a long-time chaplain, I hope that continues to describe my general disposition. Amiable is another nice word meaning “having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner” and connects to qualities of good-natured, warm-hearted engagement. Related to both these terms are amenable, accessible, personable and easy-going. I’d like to think these also reflect qualities of my own character as well as my personal approach to genuine dialogue with people of faith. That’s my intention anyway.
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