Introduction

If major religious differences doom a marriage, mine should have been toe-tagged at the altar. Our religious differences were arguably as major as they could get.

Ours wasn’t a marriage of people with two different religions. That has real challenges, of course, but there’s also a clearer starting point for two believers—namely, God. As one religious friend of mine in an interreligious marriage told me years ago, “We both believe in God. The rest is fine print.” When two religious traditions are blended, graces become less denominational, “Jesus” might be replaced with “our Lord,” shared history and practice are emphasized, and differences are minimized. The Christmas tree sprouts a Star of David. It’s not always easy, but there ...

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