Interreligious Resources

April 26, 2016 — Leave a comment
Recently, someone asked me to compile a resource list for interfaith education and dialogue. I thought I’d share this list on the blog as a way to encourage others to explore the world’s religious traditions. Enjoy!
Buddha
(Picture of a painting in a Korean Buddhist Temple, my photo)
Books
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Informational:
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Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–And Doesn’t by Stephen Prothero

Popular author and scholar of religion Stephen Prothero writes about the importance of understanding the dynamics of the world’s major religions:

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The World’s Religions by Huston Smith

This book is a classic, professional, academic resource on the world’s religions:

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The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong

Scholar of religion Karen Armstrong explores the origins of the world’s major religions in the ninth century BC:

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Highlighting the similarities between religions:

Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions by Jeffrey Moses

The author examines how the common teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism lead to inner peace:

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Highlighting the differences between religions:

God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero

This New York Times bestselling writer and Boston University professor makes the case that the eight most popular religions of the world address different human problems and propose divergent solutions to those problems.

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Videos

“The Pope Video – Inter-religious Dialogue”

The Pope’s prayer intention for January 2016 was “that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.” In this video the Pope goes into the way that love unites practitioners of all religions:

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“TEDxRainier – Interfaith Amigos”

A pastor, a rabbi, and an imam share their thoughts on interreligious dialogue and cooperation:

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Websites

Harvard University’s “The Pluralism Project”

One of the goals of this effort is “to discern…the emerging meanings of religious ‘pluralism,’ both for religious communities and for public institutions, and to consider the real challenges and opportunities of a public commitment to pluralism in the light of the new religious contours of America.”:

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Vatican II’s “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions”

The Catholic Church makes an an official statement about her role in promoting unity and love among humankind:

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Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Guided by a spirit of love and truth, this body within the Catholic Church works together with other religions to make joint statements about beliefs and the common good:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/index.htm

Best wishes,

David J.W. Inczauskis, n.S.J.

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