Interfaith

When People of Faith Meet Around Their Scriptures

You know I’m a proponent of interfaith studies. I’ve studied Islam as a Catholic for over 12 years now. One thing I’ve realized is the importance of studying together – like actually sitting down with someone outside of your specific tradition. Go over the texts together. Interpret together. Dissect controversial passages together. Break bread together. Pray together. We can even disagree together. That’s okay too. But the important thing is being together. Side by side. Being together in the physical allows for more direct dialogue, education and understanding. That is, at least, my experience. My friends, we have more in common than we think. It’s time to start asking, “What is right with our traditions?” and seek answers from one another. As a generation criticized for being ignorant and apathetic, we have the opportunity to smash stereotypes by embracing more empathetic and logical approaches to understanding our respective religions. I outlined some approaches above. Pluralism is possible, but we have to embrace it. That can only happen if we are together.

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2 thoughts on “When People of Faith Meet Around Their Scriptures

  1. You are wise beyond your years, may your effort and understanding make it easy for others to comprehend the essence of your words. You inspire and invoke thoughts within me, I have a hard time, sometimes, comprehending myself. Your words make me want to do better, be better and understand better. Perhaps you do not realise the effect you have on others, hope you realise the effect you have on me…#foreverappreciative

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  2. Yes brother, thanks a lot for this…
    It’s amazing the things one can learn about one’s own faith through interaction with others…Have you heard of this interfaith team–of Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman. They are based in the USA. You might want to read [if you haven’t already!] their beautiful book: “Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and an Imam”

    May God continue to bless you!
    Regards
    -y

    (interfaithgoodnews@gmail.com)

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