Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith

Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith

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ISBN-13: 9781594733918
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh, brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News and NPR.Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, probes more deeply into the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, is former minister and head of staff at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle.


Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD and Imam Jamal Rahman—now known as the Interfaith Amigos—started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi and a Sheikh, brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times, CBS News and NPR.Their second book, Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, probes more deeply into the problem aspects of our religious institutions to provide a profound understanding of the nature of what divides us. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, founder of meditative synagogues in Los Angeles and Seattle, is author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and co-author of Judaism For Dummies.


Imam Jamal Rahman is a beloved teacher and retreat leader whose passion for helping people deepen their spiritual lives and cultivate interfaith understanding has inspired audiences throughout the world. He has been featured in the New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and many NPR programs. He is cofounder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, adjunct faculty at Seattle University and a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio. He is author of Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories&Other Islamic Wisdom and Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights&Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi&Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart&Mind (both SkyLight Paths) and The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam; and coauthor of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi&an Imam and Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith (both SkyLight Paths), among other books.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
INTRODUCTION
What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith 1
Our Experience as "The Other" 2
The Stages of Interfaith Dialogue 5
Core Teachings of the Abrahamic Traditions 7
So Who Are We? 9
The Beginning of Healing 10
Toward Greater Healing and Hope 11
Some Suggestions on How to Use This Book 11
We Are the Healing That Needs to Be 13
CHAPTER ONE
Exclusivity: Staking Claim to a One and Only Truth 15
Exclusivity in Judaism 15
Exclusivity in Christianity 25
Exclusivity in Islam 34
Concluding Comments 45
Sharing Our Stories 45
Questions for Discussion 48
Spiritual Practices 48
CHAPTER TWO
Violence: Justifying Brutality in the Name of Faith 51
Violence in Judaism 51
Violence in Christianity 59
Violence in Islam 66
Concluding Comments 76
Sharing Our Stories 76
Questions for Discussion 79
Spiritual Practices 79
CHAPTER THREE
Inequality of Men and Women:
The Patriarchal Stranglehold on Power 81
Inequality of Men and Women in Judaism 81
Inequality of Men and Women in Christianity 88
Inequality of Men and Women in Islam 95
Concluding Comments 107
Sharing Our Stories 107
Questions for Discussion 109
Spiritual Practices 109
CHAPTER FOUR
Homophobia: A Denial of Legitimacy 111
Homophobia in Judaism 112
Homophobia in Christianity 118
Homophobia in Islam 123
Concluding Comments 133
Sharing Our Stories 133
Questions for Discussion 136
Spiritual Practices 137
CHAPTER FIVE
Underneath It All: God and Revelation 139
Rabbi Ted's Reflections on God and Revelation 139
Pastor Don’s Reflections on God and Revelation 146
Imam Jamal’s Reflections on God and Revelation 151
Concluding Comments 158
CONCLUSION
Going Astray toward Greater Meaning 159
We Go Astray in Order to Grow 159
An Invitation to Personal and Institutional Evolution 161
What You Can Do Now 162
Acknowledgments 165
Notes 167
Suggestions for Further Reading 169

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