Montreal Conference on World Religions After 9/11 Tackles Tough Questions

September 23, 2006

Source: Hinduism Today/Montreal Gazette

On September 23, 2006 the Montreal Gazette reported, "As Jews all over the world celebrate their New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and more than one billion Muslims begin to observe Ramadan, a month of fasting - and as the Catholic pope mulls over the furor he has unleashed with his curiously provocative comments on Islam - a group of scholars meeting in Montreal has grappled with difficult questions about the world's religions and their place in the post 9/11 world. Islam is not the only religion in which there is a tendency toward fundamentalism, argues eminent Islamic scholar S.H. Nasr. [He points to] Messianic Judaism and evangelical Christianity... A vacuum exists, many theologians and human-rights advocates argue, that might pave the way for those who seek peace and an enlightened dialogue... Dialogue is the way to begin the process toward peace, says Dow Marmur, rabbi emeritus at Holly Blossom temple in Toronto and currently executive director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, in Jerusalem."