How do you feel about the importance of non-Christians in a Christian group?
@C - It depends.Owen Barfield was an anthroposophist (follower of Rudolf Steiner) and a valued, although intermittent - because he lived in London - Inkling. But the development of interesting discussions would be thwarted if fundamental Christian assumptions were recurrently challenged - for example, if the divinity of Jesus kept having to be argued every time He was mentioned - then there could never be any advanced theological discussion based on that assumption. Which would rapidly become tedious!Conversation only thrives within shared assumptions - for the Inklings these were at least theistic - but essentially Christian.
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