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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Jan 21, 2020

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

The furor over the Pachamama figure at the Amazon Synod—which clearly meant different things to different people—raises several questions about the tension between evangelization and religious unity today. It raises questions about shared religious ceremonies, the repurposing of pagan images for Christian worship, and commonalities in religious belief. The one that interests me most here is whether it is right for Christians to attempt to strengthen bonds with non-Christians by claiming that both groups worship the same God.

Readers may recall that during the Pachamama controversy, both Vatican officials and Amazonian Catholics drew a distinction between what the figure of the Pachamama signified to two different groups in the region. To the pagans, the figure represented a “god” and was worshipped as such. To the Christians, she represented a traditional image which called to mind all the good things that God Himself has given to us through nature. It is easy enough to see how this distinction became blurred in the minds of many or, even if not blurred in the minds of those present, how it could appear to be blurred to the point of idolatry by those reading and viewing reports on the Synod ceremonies. ….

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