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Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America (The Documents of 20th-century art) Hardcover – July 31, 2008
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" 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."
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Niebuhr draws from his personal experiences as a religion writer for the New York Times in order to analyze interfaith dialogue in America. "Beyond Tolerance" is a combination of a personal account and a researched/surveyed academic analysis. This unique perspective makes the book engaging and readable while providing very useful facts, resources and insights as well. Niebuhr's personal opinions are included in "Beyond Tolerance" but he distinguishes them from facts.
It is a short book (only 213 pages) and it is a very easy read. While it has six (6) chapters and a conclusion, the preface, introduction, notes and bibliography are integral to the book. The preface and introduction help set the right expectations for the reader by disclosing Niebuhr's personal and professional background, his personal religious affiliation and his own attitude towards interfaith dialogue. Niebuhr notes that he was raised in an observant Christian home where prayer was a part of his family's dail life. Interestingly but not surprisingly he notes that as part of his religious Christian upbringing he was taught that he
"shared the world with a great variety of religious (and nonreligious) identities, all of which belonged to people who deserved as much respect as we ourselves would want."
The notes and bibliography are wonderful resources for additional reading.Read more ›
This book is very readable, and has numerous stories of people of different faiths coming together to help each other in times of great need. I didn't feel that this book was overtly political at all. In fact, I felt the author was using these stories as a means to say that we all have a responsibility, as human beings, to lift each other up, help one another, and just reach across all of our differences and unite to make the world a better place for all of us.
It's a great message, and the stories are really uplifting. I really enjoyed this book.
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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