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Summing up Christianity, and perhaps Judaism as well, is Love, expressed in the “Golden Rule.” This core teaching is deeply rooted in the Torah and Judaism. It gives an actionable purpose to human life, as well as meaning to the question of “what,” or “who,” is God.
Professor of Religion, Leonard Swidler, reflects on the life of colleague, fellow seeker of knowledge, and friend, Philosophy Professor Joe Margolis of Temple University, on the occasion of his passing. Professor Swidler puts into perspective the very nature of Professor Margolis’ work in philosophy, to ask the important questions, regardless of the never-ending nature of such questioning. This questioning and the answers which we develop as human beings, are the work of the University as an institution of higher knowledge.
Our old wisdom when we lived on a tiny plot of the vast Earth is no longer adequate to deal with the tsunami of experiences and deluge of knowledge that is flooding over us today! We are increasingly aware that our understanding of the world is not limited and static. We must realize that all of our “knowledge” is interpreted and that nobody knows everything about anything. Therefore, dialogue is the path to building a bridge toward peace and understanding of others.
In this article, Rabbi Jim Rudin ponders the question of whether or not race played a role in President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Rabbi Rudin served as a U.S. Air Force chaplain in Japan in the early 1960’s. His duties included serving servicemen and families at the American Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The world is too complicated for anyone to grasp alone; increasingly, we can understand reality only with the help of the other, in Dialogue. This is important, because how we understand the world determines how we act in the world.
The soul is both an experience of an independent “I” and a collectively evolving, limitless awareness.
Harold Kasimow’s new book, Love or Perish, explores the questions that still haunt those who try to understand how the Holocaust could happen if there is a God. Perhaps even more importantly, Kasimow relates his ideas about how interfaith dialogue can help to prevent another Holocaust from happening in our very divided and stratified global society.
This short story of Buddhism was written for children. It should help them understand and relate to Buddha, both as a child himself and as an adult who wanted to help people to overcome suffering and achieve enlightenment.
This is a review of the book Walls to Bridges: The Global Ethic, by Hans Küng.