How might Christ respond to religious violence?
As religious violence continues to make headlines, it is tempting for both the media and its audience to lump devout worshipers into the same camp as violent extremists. It is also tempting for people of one faith to regard members of other religious groups as the ones most likely to commit heinous crimes in the name of religion.
The way open to other ways: Paul Knitter, Buddhist Christian
"Buddhism has not just provided the flashlight with which I have discovered what was in the Christian basement. It has also added to that basement."
interview by David Heim
selected by Sharon G. Thornton
True and Holy, by Leo D. Lefebure
Engagement in serious, respectful conversation with other religious traditions is important and urgent. Leo Lefebure details why it’s also difficult.
reviewed by Walter Brueggemann
Why black American theologians went to India
The Ebola outbreak is centered in three West African countries where almost 4,500 people have died; 17 people have been treated for the disease in Europe and North America, most of whom are health and aid workers who contracted the disease in West Africa. Americans are vigorously debating whether to place a travel ban on anyone trying to enter the nation from affected regions. Advocates of interreligious engagement—through their willingness to move across dangerous boundaries—show us how exchange does not necessarily beget vulnerability; it can bolster our humanity.