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Religion Gone Astray


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Preface INTRODUCTION What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith CHAPTER ONE Exclusivity: Staking Claim to a One and Only Truth CHAPTER TWO Violence: Justifying Brutality in the Name of Faith CHAPTER THREE Inequality of Men and Women: The Patriarchal Stranglehold on Power CHAPTER FOUR Homophobia: A Denial of Legitimacy CHAPTER FIVE Underneath It All: God and Revelation CONCLUSION Going Astray toward Greater Meaning Acknowledgments Notes Suggestions for Further Reading

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Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman - now known as the Interfaith Amigos - started working together after 9/11. Since then, they have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humour to audiences in the US, Israel-Palestine, Japan and more. Their first book, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith, brought the Interfaith Amigos international attention with coverage from the New York Times. Their work is dedicated to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time.


"Exuberant and courageous ... an inspiration and example for us all in these sadly polarized times. It is a reminder that it is possible to reach across the divisions and find not only common cause but hope and affection." -Karen Armstrong, author, A History of God: The 4,000-Year-Old Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and many other best-selling books "Remarkably readable, insightful and even entertaining.... Highly recommended for individuals and groups." -Marcus J. Borg, best-selling author, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith and other books "Part of [the] divine call, helping us to live as neighbors in the blessedness of our shared world.... This is that rarest of books, one that teaches us both how to live and how to live with each other." -Amir Hussain, professor of theological studies, Loyola Marymount University; editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "An urgently needed interreligious message for our turbulent age.... Candidly confronts the troubled past, while ultimately providing today's Jews, Christians and Muslims with realistic hope for the future." -Rabbi James Rudin, author, Christians and Jews: Faith to Faith-Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future "Reminds us that when we can lay down our doctrines and share [our] struggles with open minds and hearts, we will find rich relationships and common cause ... and love of neighbor ... which is the point, after all." -Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, founder and senior analyst, FaithTrust Institute "Brings hope-filled proof that interfaith affection and respect are possible in our divided world.... Challenges us to join in as they wrestle more of the hard questions separating God's faithful into disparate camps." -Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours "Looking at the good, the bad, and the ugly in their respective traditions, these three men of faith will restore your faith in the human spirit. A courageous, open-hearted and immensely generous book." -Lesley Hazleton, author, After the Prophet and Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography "Once again the three Interfaith Amigos give us an important contribution to interfaith understanding." -Stuart M. Matlins, co-editor, How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook; publisher, Jewish Lights

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