Archive: November 12, 2006 - November 18, 2006
Reasoned argument is essential for the preservation and advancement of both civility and civilization
By William J. Byron | November 17, 2006; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (81)
It’s crucial to begin with understanding each other's cultural perspectives.
By Salman Ahmad | November 17, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (183)
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By Starhawk | November 16, 2006; 8:21 PM ET | Comments (13)
Serious conversation always provides the opportunity to enter into another’s world
By Mark S. Sisk | November 16, 2006; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (67)
In human society...diverse viewpoints and approaches to the sacred can broaden our perspectives and give us more tools for grappling with the uncertain and challenging future
By Starhawk | November 16, 2006; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (618)
Let the conversation begin . . . and let us show up as who we are, beliefs and all....The reality is that too many "interfaith" discussions are held among those who have only a tenuous hold upon the faiths they claim to represent.
By R. Albert Mohler Jr. | November 15, 2006; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (708)
The Supreme Transcendent One longs for us to live amicably together in harmony with all other creatures...No religious faith I know proclaims that violence is right, that it is right to steal, to be cruel, to oppress another
By Desmond Tutu | November 15, 2006; 5:30 PM ET | Comments (55)
We are already on common ground, and I don’t believe we’re alone. The monopoly has been broken
By William Tully | November 15, 2006; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (14)
Jesus talked to anyone He thought would listen, sometimes adding “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
By Michael Otterson | November 15, 2006; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (74)
There are very good, Christian reasons to believe that a serious, broad-ranging conversation about matters of common concern can produce better understanding
By Richard Mouw | November 15, 2006; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (2346)
Those who feel they have a monopoly on truth can be an obstacle to...understanding needed in today's world. However, this need not be so.
By John Esposito | November 15, 2006; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (251)
One of many naive American beliefs is that all we need to do is talk to one another and our differences will somehow morph into "common ground." But blind faith is impervious to evidence and cannot be swayed by argument--however...
By Susan Jacoby | November 15, 2006; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (13)
Religion must be disciplined by democracy...meaning that we don’t claim that our religious authority must be everyone’s or dictate their moral or political fate
By Jim Wallis | November 15, 2006; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (11)
The fanatic does not believe in dialogue; I do. How then is conversation between us possible?...
By Elie Wiesel | November 15, 2006; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (67)
Tolerance doesn’t mean ignoring differences, as if differences didn’t matter. It means engaging differences, in the calm confidence that everything that is genuinely true ultimately directs us toward the God who is the world’s source and the world’s destination.
By George Weigel | November 15, 2006; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (8)
Because Pagan and Wiccan spiritual traditions are unfamiliar to many people or misunderstood, I’m going to post here some basic definitions of some of the terms we use....
By Starhawk | November 14, 2006; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (358)
The reality we call God, Brahman, Nirvana or the sacred is transcendent. That is, it goes beyond our mundane experience. If we imprison ourselves in dogmatic ideas, we are closing our minds to the divine.
By Karen Armstrong | November 14, 2006; 9:30 PM ET | Comments (46)
If there is common ground to be found through interfaith dialogue, it will only be found by people who are willing to keep their eyes averted from the chasm that divides their faith from all others.
By Sam Harris | November 14, 2006; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (949)
Bind faith is impervious to evidence and cannot be swayed by argument
By Susan Jacoby | November 14, 2006; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (70)
I really didn’t expect the Religious Right to climb out of the Republican Party’s cozy bed. But I did think they might stick out a foot and maybe wiggle a toe or two.
By Randall Balmer | November 14, 2006; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (184)
God alone has a “monopoly” on truth. He is Truth—which means that truth is defined in relation to the God revealed in Scripture
By Richard Land | November 14, 2006; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (147)
If we believe that God is so great that our best thought of God is like a child's crayon picture of the sky ...then we'll know that however true, beautiful, and good our knowledge of God may be, it is nothing close to a monopoly
By Brian D. McLaren | November 14, 2006; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (49)
For as long as I can remember, I have been endlessly curious about the past -- or, put more precisely, about how the things that are came to be the way they are. Southerners -- I am from Tennessee --...
By Jon Meacham | November 14, 2006; 6:20 PM ET | Comments (348)
So what if the Bible, or the Quran, says something? Since not everybody accepts that these texts are infallible, citing them as if they were is just rude
By Daniel C. Dennett | November 14, 2006; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (416)
Truth has taken a beating in our relativistic, pluralistic and politically correct age. Rather than give offense by claiming to know the truth, we prefer the age-old admonition of hostesses for polite conversation: discuss neither religion, nor politics at the...
By Cal Thomas | November 14, 2006; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (42)
The peril of religious conviction is arrogance and intolerance
By Gardner Calvin Taylor | November 14, 2006; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (8)
Candor vital for establishing common ground
By Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon | November 14, 2006; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (12)
Abstract principles unconnected to ethics historicallly have gotten a lot of people killed.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | November 14, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (11)
When monopoly-on-truth is taken literally it always contains within itself a lethal germ of murder
By John Dominic Crossan | November 13, 2006; 8:30 PM ET | Comments (11)