Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith
Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith  -     By: Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Skylight Paths
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1594733171
ISBN-13: 9781594733178

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A pastor (Mackenzie), rabbi (Falcon), and imam (Rahman) team up again, building on techniques described in their first book (Getting to the Heart of Interfaith). Here, they move beyond the now clichéd post-9/11 discussions of tolerance and toward real critique. The authors seek to eliminate the violent, exclusivist, sexist, and homophobic aspects of their own religions, and then use interfaith dialogue to heal those hurt by such negativity. The book is most intriguing when the authors stop blaming extremism and admit to faults inherent in their traditions. Writing honestly about their personal struggles and misconceptions, they humanize the issues and make them impossible to ignore (what do you do when scripture commands killing?). Some readers may find it difficult to abandon their theological and political beliefs, and therefore may not be able to swallow some of the authors’ more progressive ideas (e.g., discarding sexist scriptures). The authors also fail to address how a religion can remain unique in a nonexclusivist, pluralistic environment. Yet the book offers a tangible use for interfaith dialogue: it can encourage much-needed healing for readers of all faith backgrounds. (Nov.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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