Sacred Texts & Human Contexts:
A North American Response to A Common
Word between Us and You
Editors: Nathan R. Kollar & Muhammad Shafiq
Sacred Texts and Human Contexts describes the holy books of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; provides
multiple religious contexts for some of their common stories such as Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel; analyzes the challenges of enabling these ancient texts to be understood in today’s world through the choice of proper contemporary language. It takes the bold step of re-reading the famed divisive texts of Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam that are used to wage war, demand conversion, and divide humanity into the saved and the damned.
It seeks the common ground among humanity by urging all to re-read three of the world’s famous religious texts to find the common word between us rather than the destructive word that divides us. In the face of divisive and destructive religious pyrotechnics twenty-seven international scholars of religion affirm in this book what is common among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; confront what is divisive among them; and deny the religious foundations for whatever causes death and destruction in our contemporary world.
Dr. Muhammad Shafiq is the Executive Director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and is a professor of Islamic and Religious Studies at Nazareth College. He also holds the IIIT Chair in Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College. He has written over 40 articles and several books. He has led intra–faith and interfaith leadership training workshops both in North America and overseas.
Dr. Nathan R. Kollar is professor emeritus of Religious Studies at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, retired adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Rochester, NY, and co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. His most recent book is Spiritualities: Past, Present and Future – An Introduction.