By Kelly James Clark
Scarcely any nation in contemporary international 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 components of intractable clash, it seems that encouraged or exacerbated through non secular variations. Can dedicated Jews, Christians, or Muslims stay actual to their very own basic ideals and practices, but additionally locate paths towards liberty, tolerance, and admire for these of different faiths?
In this very important ebook, fifteen influential practitioners of the Abrahamic religions deal with 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 reports and at the sacred writings which are vital of their personal non secular lives. instead of hoping on "pure reason," as secularists might...
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Humans, as humans, have a hard time tolerating those others who are not us, those who are not part of our own kin or group. It is as simple as that. But suppose also that religion is not going away. How then can religious believers resist the religious temptation toward intolerance and find their way to mutual peace, uncompromised liberty, and principled tolerance? What Is Tolerance? We have been speaking roughly of tolerance and intolerance, yet we have not carefully understood these terms. Let us pause to do so.
From his books and speeches we excerpted various of his writings on the topic of this volume. President Carter then carefully read the essay over, added something here and there, and then returned it to us with permission to publish. We took extraordinary and heroic efforts to secure the publisher’s permissions to publish those excerpts. We regret that so far those efforts have been in vain. We do credit, at the end of his essay, every publisher from which we excerpted portions of his essay. With regard to President Abdurrahman Wahid’s essay, we are grateful to his good friend C.
Natural and equal rights, and, hence, democracy, arose within cultures that affirmed the equality of all children of God. Human dignity originated from the doctrine of creation in the divine image. Moreover, to make their case against religion and for secularism, the New Atheists ignore or try to explain away secular atrocities. In our century alone, the Holocaust, the killing fields of Cambodia, and the Communist pogrom dwarf the collective religious atrocities throughout all of human history.
Abraham's Children. Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict by Kelly James Clark