Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11

Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11

by Alan L. Berger

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This volume addresses the promise and peril of post-9/11 interfaith trialogue. In fifteen clearly written and insightful essays, distinguished scholars of different faiths and divergent world views guide readers toward an informed understanding of the role of religion and the basic teachings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks on the United States. Acknowledging commonalities, these essays also shed light on the essential differences among the teachings of the Abrahamic traditions and raise pivotal questions regarding humanity's future: What prompted the carnage? What has changed since then? What remains to be achieved? Dispelling ignorance about the religious other is a necessary but only a first step toward achieving a durable and effective trialogue. In an increasingly perilous and interconnected world where the effects of globalization are yet to be fully recognized, interfaith trialogue holds out the hope of genuine movement toward a more peaceful coexistence.

Endorsements:
"Alan Berger's astute editorial direction brings together a seasoned group of scholars from the Abrahamic traditions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--to provide a stellar example of interreligious cooperation that is so needed in today's world. Timely, incisive, challenging--these words summarize and highlight the importance of Trialogue and Terror."
--John K. Roth, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

"As a prominent scholar of interfaith relations, Alan Berger provides us with essential reflections on the connection between religion, violence, and terror. No topic on religion is more urgent for us today. The book has a stellar line-up of thinkers whose . . . contributions give us a robust picture of how religions can better understand each other to foster coexistence and build a more hopeful future for the entire human family."
--Rabbi Eugene Korn, Codirector, Institute for Theological Inquiry

"The essays collected here focus on very different kinds of issues, sometimes going deep into theological problems, such as Catholic understanding of Judaism's ongoing validity, and other times attending to chronic political challenges, such as how the State of Israel complicates Muslim-Jewish relations. The book is an important contribution to a vitally significant conversation in our time."
--David P. Gushee, Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

"Kudos to the contributors of Trialogue and Terror for an unflinchingly sober and honest analysis of the necessity and possibility of trilateral engagement among the Abrahamic faiths. Courageously self-critical, the authors mine the resources of their traditions to provide hope and constructive pathways for the extensive interreligious dialogues so sorely needed in the post-9/11 world."
--Elena Procario-Foley, Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies, Iona College


About the Contributor(s):
Alan L. Berger is the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Among the books he has written, coauthored, and edited are Children of Job, Second Generation Voices, and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608995462
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alan L. Berger is the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Among the books he has written, coauthored, and edited are Children of Job, Second Generation Voices, and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Alan L. Berger xvii

1 The Interreligious Golden Age: Has it Ended? A. James Rudin 7

2 Salvation Jewish Style Gilbert S. Rosenthal 23

3 Life and Afterlife: Judaism's Contribution to the Jewish-Christian Muslim Trialogue David Patterson 37

4 Pride without Prejudice: Towards a Dialectical Education for Religious Identity Deborah Weissman 51

5 Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue after 9/11 Riccardo DiSegni 71

6 9/11: Dialogue and Trialogue Eugene J. Fisher 87

7 Defining Catholic Identity against the Jews: Pope Benedict XVI and the Question of Mission to the Jewish People John T. Pawlikowski 102

8 This I Believe Mary C. Boys 121

9 Globalization, Human Rights, and the Catholic Response Donald J. Dietrich 134

10 Blow on the Coal of the Heart": September 11 and the Book of Job Theresa Sanders 150

11 Dialogical Interaction or Post-Honor Confrontation? Khaleel Mohammed 166

12 The Semitic Solution: Renewing the Natural Alliance between Jews and Muslims Anouar Majid 185

13 Islam and Peacebuilding A. Rashied Omar 201

14 Transformation through Dialogue: A Muslim Scholar's Search for Identity Muhammad Shafiq 211

15 Lifting the Veil Akbar S. Ahmed 229

Conclusion Alan L. Berger 247

Index 257

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