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Overview In this fascinating and ground-breaking study, Vinoth Ramachandra explores the complex nature of conflict between the major world religions of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
Publishers Description Crosscultural communication and interconnection have never been greater in the history of the world. Yet the potential for intercultural conflict accompanies every advance. And religious belief, which lies at the heart of most cultures, often appears to contribute to such unrest and at times even to violence. In this fascinating and ground-breaking study, Vinoth Ramachandra explores the complex nature of conflict among the major world religions of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, and also between them and the rising tide of secularism. Challenging stereotypes built up on every side, he raises questions about the seemingly inevitable clash of cultures due to their respective religious commitments. He puts to the test the belief that a secular society that rejects universal truth claims can sustain a truly tolerant and pluralistic society. He passionately demonstrates how the distinctive message of Christianity concerning the uniqueness of Jesus Christ actually provides a basis for a truly democratic and multicultural society.
From Publishers Weekly Drawing from his London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity series,
Ramachandra, the South Asia regional secretary for the International Fellowship
of Evangelical Students, skillfully demonstrates his view that Christianity
alone provides the foundation for a multicultural society. Ramachandra
discusses in depth the social, cultural, historical and religious components
that make up Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, noting how each major
religion is unique and how these religions and their followers often promote
negative stereotypes about the others. In his third chapter, "The Jesus
Enigma," Ramachandra intensely scrutinizes Jesus Christ, describing Jesus'
controversial practice of accepting Jews, non-Jews, women and outcasts into his
company. Jesus' outlandish claims about himself, says Ramachandra, were
balanced by his humility, though both extremes only served to further alienate
him from the religious leaders of the day. Asserts the author, "... this
combination of an other-oriented lifestyle with self-directed claims is what
makes Jesus of Nazareth utterly unique." Ramachandra discusses how conversion
and culture relate to each other, and how readers might proclaim the Christian
message to others of different faiths. While carefully written, only scholars
or other erudite readers will appreciate the dry, detailed explanations of the
world's religions and their divergent belief systems. (Sept.) Copyright 2000
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Citations And Professional Reviews Faiths in Conflict?: Why Neither Side Is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate by Vinoth Ramachandra has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/14/2000 page 350
Publishers Weekly - 08/11/2000
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Vinoth Ramachandra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He holds both a B.S. (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London. An Anglican lay-theologian, writer, teacher and human rights advocate, he combines multiple interests in his international work with IFES, a global partnership of over 150 university-level Christian movements.
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A truly wonderful book! Oct 5, 2007
A wonderful book. The title says it all - conflict? question mark, & Christian integrity. Some of my favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, & Philip Yancey, but this book has become my favorite of all & most recommended to friends & family. I think it has to do with my own background & the state of the world today. I was born & raised in a tiny mid-West town, but over the years I have worked & travelled throughout much of the world (31 countries!), & this in itself can be a challenge to one's faith. Most of my friends are not Christians, and now my immediate family includes members of the Muslim & Hindu faiths & yet my faith in Christ remains the center of my life. Especially wonderful is the very clear description of the modern world given in the preface. We no longer live in a world of immigrants, but rather a world of "transnational migration" whereby cultures mix & people flow in & out of cultures without even moving physically sometimes. This affects all of us. Perhaps the most concise & beautiful description of Christianity that I have ever read is found in the "Jesus Enigma" chapter. It is a tremendous resource to reaffirm a simple but profound faith - knowing what you believe is the foundation of integrity. Vinoth Ramachandra I think represents the very rare author who can write with inspiration & authority on crucial topics, & yet his style is downright enjoyable as the pages turn themselves, & I believe that his book is a gift of faith to the world. The chapters are a joy to read & to re-read, each time offering a new perspective perhaps. I cannot recommend his book highly enough. It offers a message of integrity, dialogue, & hope in a world that desperately needs to hear it. I am so glad to have found this book & I think that you will be too.