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By author: R. Kirby Godsey, R. Kirby Godsey
Product Code: H825
ISBN: 9780881462425
Product Format: Hardback
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In a world composed of almost seven billion people, about 2.2 billion of them claim to be Christian. And while Christianity is continuing to grow at a modest rate, other religions are growing at a faster pace. Some scholars predict that Islam will overtake Christianity as the world's largest religion by the middle of the twenty-first century. Predictions aside, religions are competing for the world stage, and in the competition, Christians seem certain that God is on their side. Christians often think and behave as though God is a Christian. This book is written to ask if that assumption is true and to foster a more open conversation about other world religions. The world has grown too small and the stakes for mankind have grown too high for any of us to engage our faith as if our understanding of God represents the only way God's presence may be known in the world. We need, more than ever before, to develop creative communities of conversation. Conversation does not begin with talking. It begins with listening. like Quakers of old, we need to gather in humility and honesty to face the meanness and evil that religion itself has sometimes heaped upon mankind. Godsey asserts that "We should open ourselves to new spectrums of light that may emanate from faiths foreign to our own. Our high calling is to commit ourselves to building a better pathway for creating understanding and mutual respect among people of faith throughout the world."
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Review by: Walter B. Shurden, Minister at Large, Mercer University - July 30, 2011
In these pages Kirby Godsey is at times the poet inspiring us, at other times the professor informing us, but mostly he is the prophet challenging us. His aim is huge and hopeful. He is out to persuade people of faith to replace bombs with bridges and retribution with redemption.
Review by: Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, Temple Beth Israel, Macon GA - July 30, 2011
Dr. Godsey masterfully leads the reader on an exceptional and insightful journey through the diversities of religious faith. He reveals a commonality that exists between us, which provides a firm foundation and practical starting point for fostering and furthering acceptance, dialogue, and understanding among us all.

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