The medieval Church believed that the resurrection of Christ marked a new time for all of humanity.
I believe that my own Christian faith does indeed make universal claims.
All the Abrahamic faiths are marked by violence.
To be frank, I suspect that today there is little respect for Christianity as source of moral teaching about goodness.
We can identify with Frodo and Sam, setting off not knowing quite where they are going and what they are to do.
Thinking that morality is all about commandments is a relatively new way of thinking, since the Reformation.
Our society has lost confidence in the power of reason, except perhaps scientific reason.
Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their relationship with the divine other, God or the gods, and with the human other, the stranger.
Indeed if we Christians so tell our story that Judaism is silenced, then we have not spoken rightly of Christ.
Seeking the good is not primarily about rules and commandments.
Claiming that you have got the truth wrapped up does breed violence and intolerance.
The trouble is that after nine years as a Jack of all trades and Master of the Dominican Order, I have no expertise on anything except airports and exotic foods.
Christians can bring peace to multi-religious Europe because we are able to understand the role of faith in the lives of other believers better than atheists.
At the centre of Christianity is community; we are gathered by the Lord around the altar.
We need a place in which we may flourish and be ourselves.