Abraham's Children. Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of by Kelly James Clark

By Kelly James Clark

Scarcely any state in contemporary 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 a few of the components of intractable clash, it sounds as if encouraged or exacerbated through non secular alterations. Can committed Jews, Christians, or Muslims stay real to their very own basic ideals and practices, but additionally locate paths towards liberty, tolerance, and recognize for these of different faiths?

In this very important publication, fifteen influential practitioners of the Abrahamic religions deal with spiritual 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 reports and at the sacred writings which are crucial of their personal spiritual lives. instead of hoping on "pure reason," as secularists might...

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In fact, tensions between different religious groups appear likely to increase as the world becomes more interconnected and it becomes easier to export intolerance and violence around the world. Globalization brings increased awareness of and contact with moral and religious differences, as well as all the fears, anger, and frustration that that instills. If we wish to avoid misunderstanding and violence, tolerance and respect are increasingly valuable commodities. Let us hope and pray they are not scarce commodities.

Instead of the usual Western, universal legitimations of tolerance grounded in impartial reason, I invited religiously particular defenses of tolerance that begin with the sacred writings and beliefs of the various major Abrahamic religions. Each writer was asked to write persuasively, passionately, and winsomely from within his or her own religious tradition. Instead of denigrating tradition in deference to “pure reason,” we celebrate tradition and seek defenses of tolerance from within these Abrahamic theological traditions.

This betrays a deep misunderstanding about tolerance: we do not tolerate people, we respect, esteem, and value people; we tolerate behaviors and beliefs. ), it would be a dramatic improvement in most other parts of the world. In places where those who convert are killed, Jews are forbidden, Christian churches or mosques cannot be built, believers are imprisoned, and people are not permitted religious or much other self-determination, religious believers are begging to be endured. Where the current option is murder, persecution, discrimination, and shunning, being endured would be a very positive step forward.

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