Dear Beth-El members,
During my sermon last Shabbat, I alluded to the popular misconceptions that have resulted from theological “interfaith” dialogue that is motivated by good intentions, but entirely unfounded in historical or religious reality.
I am posting the following two review-essays, one of a very fine book that demolishes the myth of the shared values of the so-called “Three Abrahamic Faiths”, and one of a very deceptive book that attempts to transform Jesus of Nazareth from the man of love and peacefulness that he was, into a warrior and zealot like Mohammed in fact was, so as to expand on this important theme. I will speak about the different theologies of warfare of the three faiths in my sermon before Yizkor on Shemini Atzeret (this Thursday, October 16, 2014).
I hope you find these articles relevant and meaningful:
Rabbi Dr. Allan Nadler