By Bruce Feiler
During this well timed, provocative, and uplifting trip, the bestselling writer of strolling the Bible searches for the guy on the middle of the world's 3 monotheistic religions -- and today's deadliest conflicts.
At a second while the realm is calling, “Can the religions get along?” one determine would be the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One guy holds the most important to our inner most fears -- and our attainable reconciliation. Abraham.
Bruce Feiler set out on a private quest to raised comprehend our universal patriarch. touring in conflict zones, mountain climbing via caves and historic shrines, and sitting down with the world's best non secular minds, Feiler uncovers attention-grabbing, little-known information of the guy who defines religion for part the world.
Both quick and undying, Abraham is a strong, common tale, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the fellow God selected to be his companion. considerate and encouraging, it deals an extraordinary imaginative and prescient of desire that might redefine what we expect approximately our buddies, our destiny, and ourselves.
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Drawing upon various local sources, I describe how Yinyuan reformed Huangbo monastery where he had been the abbot for sixteen years by emphasizing the authenticity of dharma transmission. It is clear that he adopted, even further developed, this model for building Manpukuji in Japan to accentuate the authenticity of his teaching and practice. Chapter 3 moves to the crucial juncture of the Ming-Qing transition and explores the political and social factors that facilitated Yinyuan’s departure to Japan.
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Abraham by Bruce Feiler