I just came across an interesting book on religious tolerance. The book is Religion, Diversity and Conflict, edited by Edward Foley.
It documents a meeting of the International Academy of Practical Theology that occurred in 2007.
I know it’s been a long time since I last wrote here. I’m afraid the Muses have left me. However, I do want to at least do a summary wrap-up post with some observations about the interaction between my last trip Out West and barefootedness.
If you read all the entries, you’ll know that there were times that I donned footwear (even though I had really, really hoped not to resort to it). Here are some observations and realizations I acquired through that experience.
I keep dwelling on Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) because I think that they could be an effective tool for barefooters to make barefooting more acceptable. If we can go into places where there are even rules against it, and nothing bad happens, then maybe we might change some minds.
But there are also states without RFRAs in which such religious claims can be made.
Here’s a story about John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church. It was told by one of his followers, Thomas Rutherford, in the 1808 edition of Methodist Magazine.
The event related occurred in 1736 or 1737, but was told to Ruthorford by Wesley in 1776, in Glasgow, Scotland.
I recently saw a conversation in which a barefooter was chastised by family for being “disrespectful” to them. It was said that being barefoot was traditionally a disrespectful action. Others countered that bare feet have traditionally been considered respectful, and that it’s only fairly recently (and mainly in the U.S.) that many have considered bare feet disrespectful.
So, have bare feet traditionally been considered respectful?