I think your comments about compassion are important and spot-on.
Two of my favorite religious icons are the Tibetan pair of Chenrezig and Green Tara that are normally arranged beside each other at a place of honor. Chenrezig represents compassion and Tara wisdom. Enlightenment is shown as seated between them. I think that this arrangement of a trinity hits the nail on the head*.
Purity is an interesting idea in the abstract, but applied in the world and it generally becomes a cause for hatred and killing. So compassion is the way to go in my view.
However, there is also a need for wisdom to go along with compassion. I think this relates to an earlier piece I wrote here about dogma vs. progress. Dogma is the wisdom-related equivalent of purity. Progress is its opposite and therefore the equivalent of compassion.
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Put another way, I think any realistic and morally "good" religion or belief system or world view (or whatever title you put on the unique collection of things you think are pretty good) must lean towards compassion and progress and reject judgmental ideas of purity and dogma of any form.
Jesus said pretty much the same thing through his actions, and so did Buddha. Everybody just wants to hang their hat on being right (dogma) and better (purity) than those who are different. Maybe they should get a hobby or something.
PS> Spong's a cool guy!
* It's also very similar to the Father/Son/Spirit trinity in Christianity, with the Father being wisdom, the Spirit compassion and the Son enlightenment.