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Monday, April 16, 2012

Three rules of religious understanding -- Thought for the day

Sharing religious insights with other traditions enriches our own faith, Dow Marmur, Toronto Star Apr 15 2012.

"The late Krister Stendahl, a famous Swedish bishop and for many years dean of Harvard Divinity School, formulated three rules of religious understanding that seem to have guided the editors of The Jewish Annotated New Testament:
  When you are trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
  Don’t compare your best with their worst.
  Leave room for “holy envy,” i.e., recognize elements in other religious traditions that you admire and wish that, in some way, they could be reflected in your own.
I can think of no better way of turning the proximity of Easter and Passover into a motivation to celebrate these principles all year round."

Sunday, April 08, 2012

How Muslims View Easter

New Yorker 2012-04-06:

Extract: With Easter on the way, I became curious about what the Koran has to say about the crucifixion. I called an imam I know, Ibrahim Sayar, and we got together over glasses of Turkish tea. Sayar does a lot of interfaith work, much of which involves getting people from different religions together to eat kebabs. In the company of Christians, he said, mentioning the status of Jesus in Islam can be a great icebreaker. “I always tell people, there are millions of Muslims named after Jesus and Mary—we call them Isa and Mariam,” he said. “Nobody names their children after someone they don’t like.” ... more »
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