Difference does not Diminish

“Difference does not diminish; it enlarges the sphere of human possibilities. Our last best hope is to recall the classic statement of John Donne and the more ancient story of Noah after the Flood and hear, in the midst of our hyper-modernity, an old-new call to a global covenant of human responsibility and hope. Only when we realise the danger of wishing that everyone should be the same – the same faith on the one hand, the same McWorld on the other – will we prevent the clash of civilisations, born of the sense of threat and fear. We will learn to live with diversity once we understand God-given world-enhancing dignity of difference.”

The Dignity of Difference, p. 178