You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right Finding Faith Without Fanaticism

ISBN-10: 0307382982
ISBN-13: 9780307382986
Edition: 2009
Authors: Brad Hirschfield
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Description: "We live in a world," says Brad Hirschfield, "where religion is killing more people than at any time since the Crusades." And when it comes to fanaticism, Hirschfield is not speaking abstractly; he once embraced it. As a young man in the early  More...

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

"We live in a world," says Brad Hirschfield, "where religion is killing more people than at any time since the Crusades." And when it comes to fanaticism, Hirschfield is not speaking abstractly; he once embraced it. As a young man in the early 1980s, he left his family's upscale North Shore Chicago neighborhood for the West Bank city of Hebron, where he joined a group of settlers who were committed to reconstituting the Jewish state within its biblical borders. He carried a gun and, on one occasion, used it. He still doesn't know if his bullets found their mark. Now, Hirschfield has renounced all such rigid delineations of people into categories of totally right and totally wrong, entirely good and entirely evil. He seeks to build bridges among people of different faithsand those with no faith at all. He is devoted to teaching inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, and delivering a message of acceptancenot as feel-good pabulum but as forceful and indispensable antidotes to the blind passions and willful ignorance that threaten us all. Grounded in biblical scholarship and interwoven with personal stories,You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Rightprovides a pragmatic path to peace, understanding, and hope that appeals to the common wisdom of all religions. Pointing the way through the continuum of conflict, Hirschfield addresses: the ways faith has many faces how justice can coexist with forgiveness and mercy how unity does not necessitate uniformity the ways we can learn to disagree without disconnecting Though conflict is an inevitable part of lifea function of being connected to one anotherHirschfield is a voice of peace and reconciliation, showing us that conflict is also an opportunity to learn and grow and often to grow closer. From the Hardcover edition.

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Introduction
The Many Faces of Faith: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Seekers: Marrying Openness and Commitment
The Shadow Side of Faith: Learning That We Can Be Both Victims and Victimizers
Vengeance, Forgiveness, Justice, and Mercy: Recognizing the Sacredness of All Our Feelings
Keeping Score: Making Judgments Without Becoming Judgmental
Mosquechurchagogue: Finding Unity, Not Forcing Uniformity
The Bishop of Auschwitz: When the Whole Really is Greater than the Sum of the Parts
Adam and Eve Were Not the Cosbys: Learning That You Don't have to Disconnect Because you Disagree
A Person's a Person, No Matter How Small: Talking about the Things that Matter Most in the Way that Hurts the Least
The Footprints of the Messiah: Turning Our Deepest Dreams into an Everyday Reality
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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