West and East
*WEST: Through conquest
*EAST: Through trade
*WEST: Belief, philosophy, logic, order
*EAST: Faith, mysticism, rituals, symbols, tradition,
*WEST: Essence of life is Meaning
*EAST: Essence of life is Experience
Whither Christianity? We now live in pluralistic societies, with Europe generally remaining secular, the United States spiritually experimental, Latin America and Asia conservatively religious, and Africa folkloristic. The Church is facing a crossroad and in order to endure, it must choose: to remain the pillar of doctrinal permanence, or to reinvent itself by allowing a multiplicity of beliefs and rituals, some of which may stray from its historical dogmas and doctrines.