Summer ’06 always assumed that she would raise her children Jewish.Now that she’s in a serious relationship with a practicing Catholic, however, her children’s faith is no longer quite so certain.
To have the president or the moral leader of the community not acting in line with that value is a questionable thing,” Summer said. GOD Some students say that having a partner of a different faith or with a different level of commitment to the faith may interfere with their own relationship with God. Gillis ’08, a Protestant from an Evangelical background, says the importance of shared religious beliefs is emphasized in The New Testament.Citing a Biblical passage which points to the danger of being led off course by a relationship with someone of a different faith, Gillis says that his religion has a clear position on interfaith relationships.“The important thing to realize, from a Christian perspective, is that God is supreme.Nothing matters more than God, including your wife,” Gillis says.“[Dating someone of a different faith] means you’re making them first before God,” he adds.But Gillis says he realizes that, theology aside, the reality of interfaith dating is more complicated.“It’s all in the heart and the intentions,” he says. Skoda ’07, who is also Christian, disagrees that an interfaith relationship might strain a person’s relationship with God.“[An interfaith relationship] might create more dialogue between you and God,” Skoda says.She says that such a relationship would inspire questions such as “How is it that I see this and my boyfriend or girlfriend can’t or doesn’t want to see it at all?’” Muslim student Zain Khalid ’08 says that since most Muslim students do not date, they do not have to confront the implications of dating someone from a different faith.Khalid adds that, when it comes to marriage, an interfaith relationship is not a problem as long as the person is a Christian or a Jew, according to Islamic theology.Yet more than theological issues, students say that personal feelings influence them to reject the possibility of an interfaith relationship. Manning ’09 also said she could not picture herself in a serious relationship with someone who doesn’t share her faith. It doesn’t seem feasible to me that I would relate to someone on such a deep level if we didn’t have that common ground,” she says.“It would be impossible for me to consider spending my life with someone who did not agree with what I spiritually believed in,” says Sarah H. CULTURE, GENDER & (NO) SEXWhen it comes to interfaith relationships, religion often dictates broader differences in opinion beyond strict theology.