"At last, an explanation of how Judaism, Christianity and Islam, long the cause of destruction and mayhem, can now be bridges of dialogue and cooperation."
Much of the world believes that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are three vastly different faiths. It is not difficult to understand why one might make this assumption; each has its own history, texts, and practices that, without further investigation, appear quite distinct. But, are these religions really so dissimilar? And with religion being an issue held dear by so many, how do we compare them in a way that brings us closer together, instead of dividing us?
You've taken the first step already by seeking out this book. The second step, as you will learn within its pages, is to examine how we communicate with one another. What is dialogue? How do we use it? What is it for? Swidler, Firestone, and Duran use their 150 combined years of scholastic excellence to first provide answers to these questions within the context of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam individually, but also offer the reader insight as to how these concepts can be applied to interreligious dialogue.
The Power of Dialogue is an essential read for anyone who, like the authors, believes in the importance of understanding, mutual respect, and growth.
By closely examining how these religions emerged, their beliefs, attitudes, and history, this text will teach you what you need to know about religions other than your own and how to use that knowledge effectively to create productive and engaging discourse.
By reading this book, you will:
Pick up a copy of this book in paperback or Kindle to become informed of the potential and power of dialogue.
- Learn about dialogue from the experts, including what it is and why it matters.
- Explore the background and evolution of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
- Examine the ways in which we define ourselves and others, and understand how this impacts dialogue.
- Tackle roadblocks to creating meaningful dialogue with others.
About the Author
Leonard Swidler is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University (1966-) and founding editor (with Arlene Anderson Swidler, d. 2008) of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, as well as founding president of the Dialogue Institute. His numerous publications include The Ecumenical Vanguard (1965), The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue (with Paul Mojzes, 2000), Confucianism in Dialogue Today(coedited with Shuxian Liu and John H. Berthrong, 2004), Jesus Was a Feminist (2007), Trialogue (with Khalid Duran and Reuven Firestone, 2007), and Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding (2014).