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D&A 22-1 "The Time to Act is Now"

D&A 22-1 "The Time to Act is Now"

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Published by Frank Kaufmann
This is the entire issue of the scholarly journal Dialogue and Alliance, Spring Summer 2008, Vol. 22, No. 1
This is the entire issue of the scholarly journal Dialogue and Alliance, Spring Summer 2008, Vol. 22, No. 1

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 Dialogue & Alliance
Vol. 22, No. 1 • Spring/Summer 2008
The Time To AcT is Now
 Frank Kaufmann
 Raj Kumar 
A New PARADiGm of socio-ecoNomic woRLDoRDeR fRom A JAiN PeRsPecTive
 S. L. Gandhi
ouR KiNG musT heAR ABouT This: PRAcTiciNG RecoN-ciLiATioN iN The NiGeRiAN socio-ReLiGious sPheRe
 Enoch Olújídé Gbádégesin
ReveLATioN is NoT A ZeRo sum GAme
 Allen S. Maller 
ReLiGioN AND The effoRT To susTAiN PeAce iN ANiGeRiAN uNiveRsiTy commuNiTy
 M. O. Adeniyi
: RefLecTioNs oN The QuesTfoR A cuLTuRe of PeAce
 M. Darrol Bryant
ePisTemoLoGy of The exAcT scieNce(s):mAThemATicAL KNowLeDGe vis-à-vis sPiRiTuALKNowLeDGe
 Hector Rosario
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The GReATesT is Love
 Jo Ann Crooks
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 2 Dialogue & Alliance
BooK Reviews
 Mending a Torn World: Women in Interreligious Dialogue
 By Maura O’Neill .
Reviewed by Vivian Nyitray
Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence
 By Terrence J. Rynne
Reviewed by Anantanand Rambachan
Conict and Reconciliation: The Contribution of Religions
 Edited by John W. Bowker 
Reviewed by Gene G. James
BooK NoTices
 Beyond Compare: St. Francis De Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God
 By Francis X. Clooney 
 Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor 
 By Amos Yong
 A Palestinian Cry for Reconciliation
 By Naim Stifan Ateek 
 Religion and Human Fulllment
 By Keith Ward
 Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis
 By Tammi J. Schneider 
coNTRiBuToRs 119
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 Dialogue & Alliance
Vol. 22, No. 1 • Spring/Summer 2008
The Time to Act is Now 
he current ourishing of interfaith activity and idealism isnow about 112 years old.Most people conversant with contemporary interfaith arewilling to allow its inception to be the 1893 Chicago Parliament of Religions, not so much thanks to the interreligiously anemic and frac
tious behavior of the largely Christian groups dominant on that occa
sion, as to the spellbinding opus offered by the Hindu seer, SwamiVivekenanda. He recommended that “spiritual harmony is realized bydeepening our consciousness, and that a Christian be a true Christian,a Hindu a true Hindu, a Buddhist a true Buddhist, a Jew a true Jew,Moslem a true Moslem.” [http://www.ramakrishna.org/sv_sa.htm]This marked a point of no return for religions in the modern period. Though religions persist in blinkered, veiled and not-so-veiledimperialisms, they now are forced to do so measured against the idealof mutual afrmation. Religious aggression has not abated (sadly),rather (apart from violent radical fringes) it has had to shift from cen
ter stage as normal religious behavior, to now operating more surrepti
tiously, st in glove.The Vedantist insight (itself not without enticement toward feel
ing “truer than thou”), has been much like Tinkerbell in the centurysince it rst captured the imagination of the religious world at the1893 Chicago Parliament. In dark and troubled times its light ickered powerlessly, seeming on the brink of demise. But each time the worlddared to hope, ideals of interfaith struggled back to brighter life withits magic wand and dreams of wonderful things.Periods of interfaith growth and energy coincided with the cyclesof political dreams of international harmony. Ghandi’s elusive reli
gious and multi-religious identity coincided with the harmony dreamof the League of Nations after the leaden aggression and destruction of WWI. The origins of Word Congress of Faiths, the World Conferenceon Religion and Peace, and the Temple of Understanding coincidedwith the UN dream of human rights and the determination to save
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