Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The interfaith Dialogue (debate)

You may have heard this thing again and again from certain religious quarters saying that it is essential to have interfaith dialogue to promote peace and harmony in the world. What is really an interfaith dialogue? It is essentially between the three main religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam that is really talked about but the dialogue is usually between Christianity and Islam that is the real issue. I don’t want to slight other religions like Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhists or any other religion but when this term comes up it is usually the above two mentioned. And usually it is the Muslims who want to do it more than anybody else. Why do they do this, I suspect is that they are not concerned about other major religions but only Christianity (and Judaism) since they are in direct and overwhelmingly in conflict with them. And if you see around the world, it seems that way as the Christian are loggerheads with Muslims and Muslims blaming everything on the so called Christian crusade and Jewish conspiracies. And to be fair, there have been many interfaith dialogues but the conflict goes on and there is very little understanding between the two of them. I am not against any kind of interfaith dialogue that will reduce violence if not entirely eliminate it from the world and it would be nice and a commendable effort if the two major religions come to some kind of understanding so that it will contribute to towards harmony and more understanding between the two (and then we can go on from there to other religions).

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