Practical Dimensions of Interfaith Dialogue


Interfaith dialogue should be relevant to the context of religious plurality that characterises today’s world. It should address the problems, conflicts, and tensions that threaten the harmonious and peaceful coexistence, in an effort to prevent the exploitation of religious sentiments in exacerbating division. In this wise, there are many practical activities which may be taken up as a fruit of interfaith dialogue.

Read morePractical Dimensions of Interfaith Dialogue

Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History

Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History is of that genre. But it is an unusual specimen. Engagingly written, likely to appeal to “seekers”, it contains an often fascinating potted history of religion, from primitive animism to the multi-faith world of today. While Aslan questions the truth of all monotheistic and polytheistic belief systems, he is not a dismissive atheist in the Richard Dawkins mould. Indeed, he has lambasted Dawkins as “a buffoon, embarrassing himself every day”.

Read moreReza Aslan’s God: A Human History

Interfaith Holiday Books for Kids



For inhabitants of the northern hemisphere, autumn features increasingly shorter days as we move inexorably toward the longest night of the year around December 21. Interestingly, many cultures and faith traditions have long-standing traditions and stories that lift up light during this time of relative darkness. For Neo-Pagans/Wiccans and other indigenous peoples, it’s Winter Solstice, for Jews, Hanukkah, for the ancient Romans, Saturnalia, for Christians, Christmas, and for African-Americans, Kwanzaa, just to name a few.

Read moreInterfaith Holiday Books for Kids

Bishop Suriel Writes Inspiring Book on Educational Reformer Habib Girgis

More than ever, the world needs strong leaders, committed teachers and people filled with a life purpose. Such was the life embodied by a humble Coptic gentleman named Habib Girgis, who was born in Cairo in 1876 and lived in Egypt until 1951. There is much to be learnt from this man as highlighted in a new book by Leader of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne, Bishop Suriel.

Read moreBishop Suriel Writes Inspiring Book on Educational Reformer Habib Girgis

Joint Appeal for the Signing and Ratification of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons


Religions for Peace (RfP) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) seek your leadership and skillful interventions in urging your governments to sign and ratify the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted by over 120 governments at the United Nations (UN) on 7 July 2017.

Read moreJoint Appeal for the Signing and Ratification of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas

Double Exposure is a groundbreaking anthology of plays about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Playwrights Canada Press is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, edited by Stephen Orlov and Samah Sabawi, the first English-language collection of its kind in any genre worldwide by Jewish and Palestinian writers.

Read moreDouble Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas

Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy

Few things provoke controversy in the modern world like the religion brought by Muhammad. Modern media are replete with alarm over jihad, underage marriage and the threat of amputation or stoning under Shariah law. Sometimes rumour, sometimes based in fact and often misunderstood, the tenets of Islamic law and dogma were not set in the religion’s founding moments. They were developed over centuries by the clerical class of Muslim scholars. Misquoting Muhammad takes the reader back in time through Islamic civilization and traces how and why such controversies developed, offering an inside view into how key and controversial aspects of Islam took shape.

Read moreMisquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy

Letters to a Young Muslim

In a series of essays Omar Saif Ghobash (former UAE ambassador to Russia) offers a guide for young Muslims to navigate the complex 21st century. Although the book is written in the form of letters to his 15 year-old son Saif, the advice and counsel he offers is appropriate for Muslims of all ages. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi read the book “Letters to a Young Muslim.”

Read moreLetters to a Young Muslim

Interfaith Leadership: A Primer

patelWhat does it takes to Be an Interfaith Leader? Eboo Patel, founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (at the White House, DC) has written one book on Interfaith Leadership. Below are excerpts from the opening and closing of the Introduction to Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, a new book from Eboo Patel being published by Beacon Press this August. Copyright by Eboo Patel.

Read moreInterfaith Leadership: A Primer

Beyond Belief: Why Australians don’t go to church, but call upon God in times of crisis

beyondbelief

Most Australians claim they believe in God or some kind of “higher power” and yet fewer than one in 10 of us attend church every week. We don’t actively “worship” and yet are apparently comforted by the mere presence of the many churches that operate in our community.

Read moreBeyond Belief: Why Australians don’t go to church, but call upon God in times of crisis