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Christ, Krishna and Mohamed: What do they have in common?
an article by Tony Dominski

What is the link between religious tolerance and a Culture of Peace?

The Center for the Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict reports major religious conflicts in eighteen regions of the world. Regions included are Nigeria, the Balkans, Iran, India/Pakistan, and the U.S. The United States is a member of this list because of the post 9/11 tensions between Muslims, Jews and Christians here at home.

A recent paper presented in India, Reference Paper #11 concluded that as the world gets smaller, it is necessary to make a special effort to learn to see the best in the traditions of all religions and cultures. What do the Christians, Hindus, and Muslims have in common? One commonality is a version of what Christians name the "Golden Rule". Versions of the Golden Rule may be found on the Peace Seeds website as interpreted by Bahai's, Buddhists, Confucians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Jains, Native Americans, Taoists, Wiccans, and Zoroastrians.

A good place to start your own exploration of this important question is the website religious tolerance where the tenets of 47 North American religious groups are described.

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In the quest for religious tolerance,, should religious leaders be held accountable to promote inter-faith harmony?

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Latest reader comment:

Tony, David- I don't know whether this book deserves a full review as a follow up to your article on the quest for religious tolerance. Its title is rather forbidding, [I]A Moral Ontology for a Theistic Ethic. The sub-title "Gathering the Nations in Love and Justice" is more inviting. The back cover has this statement"In the wake of ethnic religious strife post Sept. 11th, this book argues for a common morality built on the inclusivity of love, community, and justice that can transcend sectarian and parochial boundaries." The author is Frank Kirkpatrick, acting dean of Trinity College. Perhaps he could be invited to write an article describing why he wrote this book.
I think we should ask does this book advance the 6th peace key, rediscovering solidarity.


This report was posted on May 19, 2004.