Perfect Storm

Reuven Firestone* | 01.09.2014

We are experiencing the perfect storm for violence between Jews and Muslims in Israel/Palestine. It’s the convergence of certain factors in religion, which when combined with the particular political impasse there cause many religious Muslims and Jews to see the conflict as religious, existential and life-threatening. This encourages a high tolerance for brutality in the name of religion, which then heightens the perception of impending destruction – which in turn encourages increased brutality. … [more]

“Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?”

Alexandra Hawryluk | 30.04.2014

What intrigued me was the theme of the Aix-en-Province conference: “Secularity - opportunity or peril for religions?” In the spring of 2013, at a conference on Religion and Canadian Public Discourse at McGill University in Montreal, participants were asked to think about how we’re “Bridging the Secular Divide”. Both themes seemed to be suggesting that the differences between those, who are saying that the public square is no place for religion, and those who are encouraging people to bring their religious values into the public square, might be too great to be reconciled. … [more]

Who Are the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem?

Malcolm Lowe | 30.04.2014

There is no individual or group that is empowered to act as "the voice of Palestinian Christians." It is not "the Palestinian Christians" but just one or two individuals who pen those public statements, even if these appear under a title that can vary from the respectable ("Heads of Churches") to the preposterous ("Kairos Palestine"). The only worthwhile question is whether the message is composed in a truly Christian spirit or is merely political agitation clothed in theological verbiage. … [more]

"Confusion of spirits" - a sequel.

Maximilian Gottschlich | 31.03.2014

This article is a reply to the article by Reuven Firestone:
A Confusion of Minds? An Objection


The Problem of Blasphemy Laws

Rabbi Reuven Firestone | 31.03.2014

Last week I was in Pakistan. What was a Jew doing in Pakistan, you might ask? Many of my own friends begged me not to go. “A Jew in Pakistan?” they asked. “There are no Jews living in Pakistan. Shi`ites and Christians and Baha’is and Ahmadis are all in trouble for their lives in Pakistan. Why do you want to go there? You will be taken hostage. You will be killed!” … [more]

A Confusion of Minds? An Objection

Reuven Firestone | 02.03.2014

This article is a contradiction to the article by Maximilian Gottschlich:
A Confusion of Minds. Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia


A confusion of minds: Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Maximilian Gottschlich | 31.01.2014

Please see also the contradiction to this article by Reuven Firestone:
A Confusion of Minds? An Objection


A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Findings from a Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews

Pew Research Center | 31.01.2014

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but Jewish identity is changing in America, where one-in-five Jews (22%) now describe themselves as having no religion. … [more]

Greetings from International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel | 30.11.2013

Shalom. It is my honour and privilege to bring greetings on behalf of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations to this Plenary Session of the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches. … [more]

World Council of Churches interviews ICCJ President

Ecumenical Newsservice; World Council of Churches | 30.11.2013

The Ecumenical Newsservice of the World Council of Churches interviewed ICCJ President Dr. Deborah Weissman. … [more]