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THE UNITY OF RELIGION AND UNITY
as they represent themselves in the world today do not recognize the same goal of
spiritual enlightenment. Otherwise they would not be fighting for converts or trying to
maintain their separate identities.
The unity of religions is an ideal, not a fact, and an ideal that requires considerable
reshaping of the actual in order to arrive at. The obvious fact, that the news
demonstrates almost daily, is not that all religions are one but that religions are
divided against each another, trying to maintain and expand their followings sometimes by
whatever means necessary, even of these are inconsiderate or inhumane.
The fact is that the religions of the world today are very different and often hostile,
just as different countries are. Like countries they may make alliances with one another,
even targeting a religion that is a common enemy.