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What Do You Wear to Climb the Sacred Mountain?

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This dialogue from the God at 2000 conference contains a veritable feast of food for thought. The speakers are scholar of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; distinguished professor of Islamic studies Seyyed Hossein Nasr; social psychologist and Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister; and Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun whose A history of God has become an international best-seller.

This article appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. Now that you’ve gotten your feet were, it’s time to head for the high ground. Tired yet? Metaphorically or otherwise? Well, let’s face it: Living with people who approach the sacred differently than you do can be tough stuff when you take your religion seriously. If others are right, does that mean you’re wrong? If one religion is true, is everybody else going to hell? Can you learn from others without losing your own identity? Wise, mature, faithful voices are rising out of every tradition to teach us the delicate art of being who we are while accepting others. Exhibit One: the following dialogue from the recent God at 2000 conference. A book of the conference was out in December 2000, and we highly recommend it. This brief exchange contains a veritable feast of food for thought. The speakers are scholar of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; distinguished professor of Islamic studies Seyyed Hossein Nasr; social psychologist and Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister; and Karen Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun whos …

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