One thousand years ago, when the United States of America did not exist and Oxford and Cambridge were backwaters of ignorance, the light of human reason shone brightly in places like Tunis, Cairo, and Baghdad. During the Abbasid caliphate for much of the 8th through middle 11th centuries, and also sporadically thereafter, tolerance of certain non-Muslim groups was enshrined in law.
Christians have shrugged off Maimonides' interpretation of the Messiah prophesy with their belief that Jesus will fulfill the Jewish Messianic prophesy in a second coming -- a second coming that has been forecast as imminent since the first century in the teachings of Saint Paul.
The following short collection lists eight of the most important monuments in the world in terms of interfaith dialogue and interfaith relations.
Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.
According to Maimonides, there are 11 kinds of prophecy ranging from a simple type of Divine inspiration called "Ruach haKodesh" (the Holy Spirit) to the singular instance of the "face-to-face" communication that Moses experienced.
In searching outside the realm of his own cultural tradition for wisdom, Maimonides showed us how we can build on our commonalities through a process of mixing. His life is proof that people of various backgrounds can break down walls which divide us upon our differences.
Halloween chocolate haunts me. October 31st's abundant temptations of free, sugary treats, with chocolate being the most popular, bumps up against my religious consciousness. Which will prevail?