This book argues that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, locked as they have been over the centuries in many kinds of mutual enmity and violence, now need to join resources to resist the destructive economic and political forces now on the loose across the globe, some of which distrust among these faiths has tended to intensify. Such a project requires relational practices among the faiths, all of them based on mutual moral commitments that draw on the respective communities' scriptural traditions of covenantal promise-keeping. That is, each tradition has a gift of responsibility, both to its God and to its people. Mudge wants to plumb the resources of each of these religions and encourage them to be responsible in taking these gifts seriously.Such relational practices are hardly used as resources in interreligious dialogue. Mudge contends that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are called to practice moral hospitality and covenantal humanism in order to foster justice and responsibility in societies around the globe.
Lewis S. Mudge is Robert Leighton Stuart Professor of Theology Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary and author of The Church as Moral Community.
Foreword; Introduction: Humanity's Fate and the Abrahamic Faiths; Chapter One: Can Religious Communities Help Modernity Save Itself?; Chapter Two: Learning Interfaith Lessons from Christian Ecumenism; Chapter Three: Toward a Parallel Hermeneutics of the Abrahamic Texts; Chapter Four: Practicing Moral Hospitality: The Givens and the Gift; Chapter Five: Fostering Just Social Contracts; Chapter Six: Covenantal Humanism: Signs of a New Humanity on Earth.