Author: Dharam Singh
Editor(s): Dharam Singh
Publisher: Punjabi University
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173808589
Religious pluralism is a fact of human existential situation in the modern-day world. This book documents the contributions of scholars and academics participating in an international seminar on the theme "Contribution of Interfaith Work to Social Harmony and World Peace", jointly organized by World Congress of Faiths and the Punjabi University.
The idea of interfaith dialogue is not very recent and there are instances of men of religion having dialogue and discourse with those of others. Guru Nanak's meetings with the holy men of both Hindu and Muslim traditions, as he set out on his preaching odysseys after receiving revelations, to have dialogue with them and the stress on mutual dialogue (listening to the others viewpoint and then presenting our own) in the Sikh scripture can be put forward as perhaps the first empirical evidence in this respect.
However, interfaith dialogue as a world-wide movement is generally dated back to the World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. Thereafter several other institutions also came into existence with a view to promoting dialogue so as to bring about pace and harmony in inter-community relations. The World Congress of Faiths, Oxford, in England which was founded by Mr. Francis Younghusband in 1936, has recently been doing a commendable work in this field.
The genesis of the seminar at which these papers now being presented in book-form were presented can also be traced back to the suggestion made by Dr Marcus Braybooke, President of the World Congress of Faith, who proposed that the World Congress of Faiths and the Punjabi University should collaborate to hold an international seminar.
Keynote Address: Myths, Map and Meaning
Special Lecture: Religion and Conflict
Presidential Address: Inter-Religious Relations Today
Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Modern-Day Multi-faith Society
Guru Nanak: Towards an Interfaith Culture
Jesus and Guru Nanak
Guru Gobind Singh and Sri Narayana Guru: Towards a Pluralistic Society in India
Reverence for Life: The Sikh View
Dialogical Encounters: Sikhs in British Prisons
Religious Minorities in Britain
Islam and World Peace
Peace Dialogue and Dawah: An Analysis of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan's works
Social Harmony and World peace: A Baha'i Perspective
Social Harmony and World Peace in the postmodern world- A Buddhist Approach
The Idea of a Global Ethic
List of Contributors