Embracing Pluralism, Building Bridges, and “Common Action for the Common Good”

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“I am large, I contain multitudes.”  (Walt Whitman)“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah.” (Rumi) —Epigraphs to Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim,  the Struggle for the Soul of a GenerationM. Scott Peck in his bestselling book The Road Less Traveled writes that one “somewhat oversimplified” definition of sanity is the ability to be in touch with and to cope with reality. Conversely, one definition of insanity is being out of touch with or being unable to co … [Read more...]

Dear Lowe’s: Islamophobia is as equally reprehensible as anti-Semitism

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Dear Lowe's: Islamophobia is as equally reprehensible as anti-Semitism. Both are forms of racism and bigotry. Christians must stop confusing Christianity with Christian Supremacy.I wish I could force both the management of Lowe's as well as the protesters to read Philip Jenkins' important new book Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the BIBLE'S Violent Verses: Commands to kill, to commit ethnic cleansing, to institutionalize segregation, to hate and fear other races and religions — all a … [Read more...]

BOOK REVIEW: "Who Is My Enemy?: Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam–and Themselves"

Lee Camp, Who Is My Enemy? Questions American Christians Must Face about Islam -- and Themselves (Brazos Press 2011), 174 pages.My reading of Lee Camp from this book, from his earlier book Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World, and from listening to his podcast is that he fits within the realm of Christian theology known as postliberalism. As the name implies, postliberalism is "post" -- that is, "after" or "a response to" -- liberalism. Whereas liberalism was a turn f … [Read more...]

BOOK REVIEW: "Biography of Abd el-Kader"

John W. Kiser, Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader (Rhinebeck, NY: Monkfish Book, 2008), 365 pages.In these weeks following the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Patheos has wisely chosen a book club selection that highlights the life of a Muslim held in high-regard on the world stage -- in this case the 19th-century world stage.  Too much Christian-Muslim dialogue is characterized by a lack of historical knowledge, and this book seeks to make a contribution toward … [Read more...]

France Caves to Islamophobia; Discourage Veiling, Don’t Discriminate

A headline in today's New York Times reads, "France Enforces Ban on Full-Face Veils in Public." To clarify definitions -- because the various forms of Islamic garb are often conflated and confused in public debate -- a niqab is, as the headline indicates, a "full-face veil" and the name comes from the Arabic word for "mask."  The niqab is a middle-ground between the less-concealing hijab (which only covers the head and derives from the Arabic word for "curtain" or "cover") and the much-more c … [Read more...]

Freudian Slips, "Mecca of Prejudice" and "Blood Libel"

Almost every angle of last Saturday's tragic shooting in Tucson has been parsed to the minutest degree. However, I have heard almost no commentary on Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's use of the word "Mecca" when he described Arizona as "the mecca for prejudice and bigotry." I happen to agree with most of the sheriff's remarks at that press conference, so I am mostly observing that, when speaking extemporaneously about the the recent tragedy, he -- perhaps more unconsciously than consciously -- used the … [Read more...]


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