How much do you know about world religions? A Pew Forum study of nearly 11,000 Americans done this year found that most of us can’t even correctly answer half of a basic world religions survey. Think you can beat the average? Take the survey here. I thought I should take the challenge since I teach … More World Religions Quiz
Iran welcomed the new year with violent protests leaving many dead. In many other nations such as Iraq, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Bangladesh, South Africa and Ukraine, frustrations with corrupt, abusive and unjust governments have sparked angry riots. Christian citizens of these nations often feel all the pain that others feel—and sometimes more. In these cases, is … More Should Christians join Violent Protests?
When Pope Francis stated in his Evangelii Gaudium (paragraphs 252 and 253) that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” he received a backlash from ex-Muslims. They responded with a letter to the Pope signed by 3700 former Muslims requesting that the Pope speak out more harshly … More Should Pope Francis be more Critical of Islam?
“Johnny’s” obvious skin disease meant the other kids usually kept their distance. The fact that he was mentally a bit slow, and had dropped out of school to scavenge trash he could resell to support his family, didn’t help him in making friends either. But neither of these disadvantages could keep this teenager from falling … More The Circle of Compassion
I just got back to our work in Indonesia after an encouraging month’s tour in the USA, promoting my book A WAY OUT OF HELL and meeting people with a similar passion for peace. The most exciting stop on my tour was in North Carolina, where I reconnected with my dear friend and Peace … More From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love
I remember well the Q&A session in one of the many interfaith events we’ve organized over the years. An angry Christian stood up and declared, “As long as the word jihad exists, there will never be peace between our two religions!” The room was deathly silent, demanding the right response given in the right … More The Jihad of Jesus
Like anyone, America has its good days and its bad days. October 10, 2015 was one of our good days. Let me quote from one report about the anti-Muslim protests across our nation: “Most of the planned protests simply didn’t happen after all. Among the few rallies that actually came together, the counter-protesters well outnumbered the … More A Shining Day for America