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Starred Review. Niebuhr, the former religion reporter for the New York Times, is now a professor at Syracuse University. This makes his book immensely valuable: he has the careful scholarship of an academic, but the communication expertise of a journalist skilled at getting to the personal heart of a story. Not long after 9/11, Niebuhr set out to find and tell the largely untold stories of those who are involved in interreligious dialogue: why do they do it? what do they gain from it? what do they risk? True dialogue, as the title claims, means moving beyond tolerance, approaching other religious traditions with a desire to learn and, perhaps more important, to make friends. Niebuhr tells memorable stories of people reaching across religious lines, from a group of Cape Cod Congregationalists who gave a Jewish community a historic building, some land and some money to create a synagogue to the energetic individuals who founded Louisville's famous Festival of Faiths. Niebuhr beautifully honors the commitment and care shown by those working on the front lines of interreligious understanding. (Aug. 4)
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" Anyone . . . interested in dialogue among individuals, communities, and nations will benefit from Beyond Tolerance's wisdom and humanity."
" He has the careful scholarship of an academic, but the communication expertise of a journalist skilled at getting to the personal heart of a story."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Although I never met him, I consider H. Richard Niebuhr to be one of my primary teachers. A theologian and sociologist, he taught an ethics of responsiveness in an era of... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Barry N. Bishop
Gustav Niebuhr created a valuable gift when he wrote BEYOND TOLERANCE. Even the active participants in the interfaith community in Rochester, NY, which has been building community... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Rev. Gordon Webster