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By Kelly James Clark

Scarcely any state in modern global can declare to be freed from intolerance. Israel and Palestine, Northern eire, the Sudan, the Balkans, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and the Caucasus are only the various parts of intractable clash, it seems that encouraged or exacerbated via spiritual changes. Can dedicated Jews, Christians, or Muslims stay real to their very own primary ideals and practices, but additionally locate paths towards liberty, tolerance, and appreciate for these of different faiths?

In this extremely important booklet, fifteen influential practitioners of the Abrahamic religions handle non secular liberty and tolerance from the views in their personal religion traditions. Former President Jimmy Carter, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Indonesia's first democratically elected president, Abdurrahman Wahid, and the opposite writers draw on their own studies and at the sacred writings which are significant of their personal non secular lives. instead of counting on "pure reason," as secularists might...

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11:1, 4). This time God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, deeply concerned with humanity’s dangerous ability to unite for the purpose of controlling (and thereby destroying) the world, confounded their speech. God thus created various languages and cultures and “scattered them over the face of the whole earth,” declaring, in that sense, that humanity thrives when, in addition to following the seven Noahide commandments, it cultivates small, intimate communities and different tribal/national and cultural traditions.

One of the strongest defenses of the mosque came from the Jewish mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. In several speeches, Bloomberg forcefully defended the construction of the center and, according to aides close to the mayor, his passionate defense was motivated to a large extent by the prejudice his own family faced growing up. There is, however, a flip side to this opportunity. Although the religious persecution and religious intolerance in our world today gives religious believers a chance to reclaim the true nature of their faith and put into practice the tolerance and respect that their God demands, it also leaves open the possibility that believers will fail to respond.

The authors of these essays were asked to refer and defer to their own Holy Writ, theological reflection, and tradition. Moreover, they were asked to appeal to a wide audience and so to include stories but avoid scholarly pedantry (lo, that last phrase is pedantic; I thus repent). In short, they were asked to be persuasive. Each essay is, of course, intended to be persuasive to those who share their tradition. But there is also the hope that each essay will prove persuasive to those outside each author’s own tradition—that readers from various traditions will sympathetically understand practitioners of other religions.

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