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Contemporary Ethical and Religious Challenges to Religion

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn* | 02.10.2014

The subject of the contemporary ethical and religious challenges to religion haunts me, throwing me into countless days of reflection and causes me many sleepless nights. There is no question that religion is on the defensive in all places where modern values have crept in—values like pluralism, scientific skepticism, this-worldliness, autonomy and individualism. In the contemporary cultures of Europe and America, religion is often seen as incompatible with these pervasive values. As a result, religious institutions seem to be losing the battle culturally in nearly all communities whose members refuse to isolate themselves by retreating to self-imposed ghettos. … [more]

Early Rabbinic Judaism and nascent Christianity – born as twins

Susanne Talabardon | 02.07.2014

1 Avant-Propos
The following essay is meant to be an attempt to summarize in general terms the results of recent religion-historical research on the beginnings of Judaism and Christianity. For this reason, an all-encompassing apparatus of footnotes is dispensed with, as well as quotations in their original languages. … [more]

Lutheran-Jewish Relations in the United States: A Historical and Personal Retrospect

Franklin Sherman | 01.03.2014

In the following I will offer, first, a brief retrospect on the history of the Lutheran and Jewish communities in the United States, which show some interesting similarities, both having long been "outliers" from the mainstream Anglo-Protestant culture. I will then give a more detailed account of the closer and more dialogical relationships of the two communities during the past forty to fifty years. … [more]

“Promise, Land, and Hope”: An American Perspective on the Theological Project

Peter A. Pettit | 01.12.2013

Recently I had two conversations that will serve well to introduce the challenges we face when we approach the issues that swirl around the Jewish and Palestinian peoples and the land – which both peoples see as home and which Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all regard as holy. … [more]

Attitudes in West German Protetantism towards the State of Israel 1948-1967

Gerhard Gronauer | 01.10.2013

In this study the author presents Protestant individuals, groups, committees, and print media who, between 1948 and 1972, dealt with the significance of the State of Israel in theological (do Jews have a biblical right to the land?), moral (as a result of the Shoah, how much solidarity with Israel is required?), and political perspective (what consequences do these implications have for an evaluation of the Middle East conflict?).* … [more]

Church of Scotland Shreds Bible

Malcolm Lowe | 02.07.2013

The Kirk has committed theological suicide in order to promote political inanities. The former Church of Scotland is defunct; the Church of Latter Day Scots has taken over the premises. … [more]

Personal Reflections on the Role of the Secular Academy in Inter-Faith Dialogue

Philip Alexander * | 04.03.2013

Has the secular academy a role to play in inter-faith dialogue? For me this is a very personal question. A few years ago I retired as a professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. It was the end of an academic career spanning thirty-eight years in two major British universities (Oxford was the other one) – a career dedicated to teaching, research, and publication in the field of religion. … [more]

Nostra Aetate – 50 years on

Edward Kessler | 01.01.2013

Nostra Aetate, published on 28th October 1965 towards the end of the Second Vatican Council, helped transform Jewish-Christian relations. Pope John XXIII had already received wide attention a year earlier for publicly greeting Jewish visitors with the words, “I am Joseph your brother”. … [more]

Gary Burge: Not Sent by Heaven

Malcolm Lowe | 02.12.2012

One wonders whether Wheaton College believes that such programs befit a respectable teaching institution…. Burge's comparison of himself with Jesus is preposterous and absurd. … [more]

Theological Questions and Perspectives in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue

Cardinal Kurt Koch | 01.12.2012

The following remarks, with a few minor refinements made later, were delivered at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ as its eighteenth Annual Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture and also as the keynote address for the tenth annual meeting of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR). … [more]