This person was saying how they were impressed by the fact that their doctor was open to discussing "natural" medicine. For the most part we all agreed that this was a positive thing. Most doctors of this next generation are opening up a bit to other medicinal options unlike most doctors of a more "modern" generation who think science is the be-all and end-all of their profession.
Anyway, after discussing all this we started to laugh as we then noted that this doctor's clinic also performs "medicinal aesthetics" like botox! So, on the one hand we have a return to a more "natural" way of life and health... but on the other hand these same people are injecting chemicals into people's faces so that they can look unnaturally youthful!
Obviously there is some sort of disconnect here. These two thought processes should not be considered to be compatible. And yet this is just one example of how seemingly incompatible beliefs are merged together. It's called 'syncretism'... and it happens all the time.
What other "disconnects" do you see in our pluralistic culture?
What other examples of syncretism can you come up with (incompatible beliefs being merged together)?
How often do you see divergent religious beliefs coming together?
Do you see any of this seeping it's way into the church?
Is this a bad thing? Is this a good thing?