Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an

Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an

Spirituality and Comparative Religion

Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur'an
Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale

Author(s): Anton Wessels

Reviewed by: Abdullah Sahin, University of Warwick, Markfield Institute of Higher Education, UK

 

Review

By the turn of the last century, the secular political order had become so deeply rooted in western societies that few would have predicted the return of religion as a socio-political force in today’s globalised world. It must be stressed, however, that this religious revival came with a high price. Religion is increasingly seen as an irrational reactionary force that nurtures fanaticism, conflict and violence and, therefore, a threat to world peace. Historically this fear of religion, in the West, has led modern secular consciousness to confine faith largely to individualistic moral piety. The critical prophetic call to observe justice in all aspects of life, which defines the heart of monotheistic faith traditions, has been largely ignored. Unfortunately, even within contemporary sister faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the significance of this prophetic voice of social ethics and just living tend to be less vocal.


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