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By Kelly James Clark

Scarcely any nation in trendy global can declare to be freed from intolerance. Israel and Palestine, Northern eire, the Sudan, the Balkans, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and the Caucasus are only the various parts of intractable clash, it appears encouraged or exacerbated via non secular alterations. Can dedicated Jews, Christians, or Muslims stay actual to their very own primary ideals and practices, but additionally locate paths towards liberty, tolerance, and appreciate for these of different faiths?

In this extremely important booklet, fifteen influential practitioners of the Abrahamic religions tackle spiritual liberty and tolerance from the views in their personal religion traditions. Former President Jimmy Carter, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Indonesia's first democratically elected president, Abdurrahman Wahid, and the opposite writers draw on their own studies and at the sacred writings which are critical of their personal non secular lives. instead of counting on "pure reason," as secularists might...

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As they are denigrated and disrespected, they are then easier to ignore, persecute, and even kill. Abrahamic faith at its most confident should create humility and mercy rather than the arrogance and hatred so evident in purveyors of intolerance. The faith of Abraham is the faith that a merciful God is in control and that submission to God’s providential will is the path of human righteousness. Abraham’s attempts at self-assertion—his strayings—were disastrous. The Muslim saying “There is no god apart from God” should preclude any mere human from making god-like assertions concerning life and death.

Thanks also to my lovely daughter, Emily, and Grace Hardy for help in preparing the manuscript for publication. I’m grateful to the Calvin College Philosophy Department Colloquium for suggestions on improving my essay. And, most of all, I wish to express my gratitude to my administrative assistant, Donna Romanowski, for her indefatigable work and good cheer at every stage of this project. 1 Calling Abraham’s Children KELLY JAMES CLARK History is full of religious wars; but, we must take care to observe, it was not the multiplicity of religions that produced these wars, it was the intolerating spirit which animated that one which thought she had the power of governing.

4), and it evolved into a dangerous mania in the next generation, setting the ideological stage for mass murders (Gen. 4:23). Eventually, when “the earth became corrupt before God, as it was … filled with lawlessness” (Gen. 6:11), God destroyed humanity in the flood, then re-created humanity through the righteous man, Noah, and his family (Gen. 7). God then gave humanity a set of natural laws—which we in Judaism call the seven Noahide commandments—hoping the disaster of a destructive immorality would not happen again (Gen.

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