Religious Other

Religious Other : Hostility, Hospitality, and the Hope of Human Flourishing

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This book presents a comparative view of five religious traditions' resources for developing a positive appreciation for the religious other. Moving from hostility to theological hospitality and seeking the flourishing of the religious other, these traditions can offer the finest teachings on otherness and provide much needed alternatives to common perceptions of interreligious more

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  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 480g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739192566
  • 9780739192566
  • 1,784,848

About Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Alon Goshen-Gottstein is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. A noted scholar of Jewish studies, he has held academic posts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University and has served as director of the Center for the Study of Rabbinic Thought, Beit Morasha College, more

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Religion has been and continues to be a factor that breeds conflict leading to violence among human beings. Can religion also provide human beings with a capacity to work creatively together toward a more humane, peaceful, and ecologically sustainable world? This book offers critical and constructive essays by scholars of five major religious traditions that examine the seeds of hostility toward religious Others and seek to highlight those elements that ground attitudes of hospitality and loving kindness toward Others in a way that would lead to harmonious coexistence and cooperation in our world today. -- Ruben L.F. Habito, Southern Methodist University Alon Goshen-Gottstein has put together a beautiful and useful volume. The essays here offer an appreciative view into the rooms of different religious traditions and illuminate the corridors that connect them. Highly recommended for anyone seeking the theological resources to be an interfaith leader. -- Eboo Patel, founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core; author of Acts of Faith and Interfaith Leadershipshow more

Table of contents

Foreword, Alon Goshen-Gottstein Chapter 1: Overview: Themes and Problematics, Alon Goshen-Gottstein Chapter 2: Judaism: The Battle for Survival, the Struggle for Compassion, Alon Goshen-Gottstein Chapter 3: Making Room for the Other: Hostility and Hospitality from a Christian Perspective, Stephen W. Sykes Chapter 4: Islam: Epistemological Crisis, Theological Hostility, and the Problem of Difference, Vincent J. Cornell Chapter 5: Hinduism Part 1: Metaphysical Unity, Phenomenological Diversity, and the Approach to the Other: An Advaita Vedanta Position, Ashok Vohra Part 2: Hinduism and the Other: A Madhava Position, Deepak Sarma Chapter 6: Buddhism, Richard P. Hayes Addendum: More on the Mahayana Perspective, Dharma Master Hsin Tao Chapter 7: Conclusion: Comparative Perspectives, Collective Tasks, Alon Goshen-Gottstein Afterword, Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacksshow more