HT to Cooees for this one. The ABC is planning a program called “Holy Switch” and are seeking youg adults to participate. But I find their selection criteria a bit confusing, not to even insulting to young peple of faith:
We are looking for questioning young adults, who are part of a family who puts faith at the heart of life, but are not rigid in adhering to their beliefs.
You may live in a family firmly anchored in one of the major religious traditions of Islam, Judaism, Christianity or Hinduism, or be part of a family who practices and lives according to a lesser-known belief system. You will be open to new experiences and interested in how the beliefs of others shape their lives. While observing your swap family’s religious traditions or strongly held belief systems, you will be prepared to challenge yourself and others as you seek to experience what it’s like to live by a whole new set of rules, cultural practises and perspectives.
I am, of course, not eligible on account of my age, but if I were, would I want to apply? The exercise sounds interesting, but is undermined by the requirement that applicants be “not rigid in adhering to their beliefs”. It is one thing to “be open to new experiences and interested in how the beliefs of others shape their lives” but another thing to be what amounts to being unfaithfil to one’s beliefs. What it seems that the ABC is looking for are people who are brought up in a particular faith, but not really serious about living that faith out. I suppose it all depends on that rather pejorative adjective “rigid”. One man’s faithfuness is, it seems, another man’s “rigidity”.