Religious tolerance has emerged as a major issue in the early 21st century. This book provides scriptural and historical evidence for commonalities in the lives, characters, and teachings of the central figures of seven world religions.
Continued religious strife in different parts of the world, and the rise of militancy and global terrorism have put the need for dialogue about religious tolerance at the top of many government agendas. In a world where terrorism has led to misunderstandings about the true nature of religion, many people are either becoming entrenched in religious fundamentalism of one kind or another, or are turning away from religion altogether. Both are a tragedy, leaving millions worldwide without access to the spiritual heritage of humanity.
But other signs point to a brighter future in the dawn of an "ecumenical age", and in the growing acceptance of religious pluralism as a sign of social civility worldwide.
In writing Divine Educators, Farnaz and Bijan Ma'súmián have been not only spurred on by the current crisis in religious prejudice, but also encouraged by the increasing realization that despite diverse, sometimes conflicting, cultural expressions and human interpretations, all the great religious traditions of the world share a common foundation that fosters love, unity, and brotherhood.
This book provides scriptural and historical evidence for commonalities in the lives, characters, and teachings of the central figures of seven world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Bahá'í Faith, from the sources of each religious tradition, including the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapadha, the Gathas, the Hebrew Bible, the Gospels, the Qur'án and the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh. It is bound to generate interest in the subject and further the cause of interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout the world.
Author: Farnaz Ma'súmián and Bijan Ma'súmián.
Format: Softcover book, 176 pages, 14 x 21.
Publisher: George Ronald Publisher, 2005.
About Farnaz Masumian
Farnaz Ma'súmián has been teaching world religions at institutions of higher education since 1992, including the University of Texas at Austin since 2005. Her primary research interests are in the areas of life after death, near-death experiences (NDEs), and meditation.
Her Life After Death book has so far been translated into Russian, Polish, and Indonesian languages and won first prize in religion/spirituality category at the 1998 Beijing, China Book Fair.