The Beginning of Difference

Presented by Ted Hiebert. Video run time: 40min 39sec.
Difference can enrich us or tear us apart. Difference can make our lives stronger, fuller, and richer or it can destroy them. How we engage difference matters. It matters for our well-being and for our very survival. Unfortunately, the Bible’s stories explaining difference and its beginnings in the book of Genesis have been read by interpreters who view difference through lenses of suspicion and fear. Looking at these stories with fresh eyes, we can see that these stories themselves actually recognize difference as God’s intention for the world. They are stories that negotiate difference with greater realism and optimism than their interpreters thought they did. They can provide us constructive resources for living with difference today.