Religious traditions have brought beauty and astonishing enrichment to millions of believers. They have also been a cause of considerable suffering and anguish. The twenty-first century has already witnessed a great deal of hate and violence in the name of religions, by the children of the three Abrahamic traditions and also by members of other religions. There are still too many believers who feel that violence is what God wants and too many religious leaders who are encouraging such a view. I agree with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel that the “choice is to love together or perish together. ” Hans Küng, the well-known Catholic theologian, has repeatedly stated there can be “No peace among nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions.” Today, with tensions between religions at painful and dangerous levels, dialogue is imperative.
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