I write this at a time of escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. This is not the place to discuss the violence. But this is a time to discuss why I created this blog.
This blog considers questions of religious difference and identity. I describe religious identity as a good thing, and religious difference as a catalyst for personal and spiritual growth. But the violence in Israel and Gaza is the product of religious difference, at least in part. Some believe that religious difference leads to religious war. This is not my point of view, but now is a time to seriously consider that point of view.
I would like to view interfaith dialog as an anti-war effort. It is a commonplace notion that dialog leads to peace. But dialog can end in deadly violence; nothing prevents this. I would like to argue that it’s more difficult to seek the destruction of an enemy once one has engaged the enemy in dialog. But I’ve had occasion here to examine the dialog from major Jewish-Christian disputations during the Middle Ages, as well as that accompanying modern-day Christian efforts to proselytize Jews, and such dialog did and does not promote peace.