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    Too many equate spirituality with Christianity

    Jennifer Graham’s Nov. 18 op-ed “After Billy Graham, a spiritual void” implies that after the man dubbed “America’s pastor” is gone, the country will be spiritually adrift. To me, this is Christian exceptionalism run wild.

    But I do give the Rev. Billy Graham his props for continuing to evolve in his spiritual perspectives, and becoming less conservative and less attracted to the rich and powerful.

    In his 1997 interview with Robert Schuller, Graham even appears to reject Christian exclusivism himself.

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    Interestingly, Cardinal Richard Cushing, who was also mentioned in the op-ed, emphatically rejected exclusivism more than 60 years ago.

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    It’s unfortunate that too many Americans still equate spirituality with Christianity.

    John O’Leary

    Chestnut Hill