What do you think is the best way to bring harmony among all the world religions?

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More in concurrence with #7 than #5:  People in some of oil-rich Arabic countries receive gratuitous salaries of anywhere up to $40,000/year  (Kuwait), yet many of these citizens still hate Christians. Some religious ideologies teach that those of antithetical faiths are infidels and other words of anathema, encouraging hatred. 

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This is a great discussion. In my opinion, we will never achieve perfect unity. However, we will gain some momentum when people realize that not all religions are the same. The more people try to reduce all religions to its essence, the better it will be. Moreover, secular people need to realize that secularism is also a faith position. From this perspective, this is a "religion" as well. So, when people are honest about these points, we will see some progress.

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I agree with #7 and would also add that, aside from the wars on territory and inequality, many religions dispute their worthiness in terms of whether they are "the chosen ones". There is also a sidebar battle, seems to me, on whether their beliefs are actually backed by the Bible or by their mere ego.

Living in the Bible Belt South, everywhere I go has more new churches than new businesses. Then again, the churches seem to serve as small businesses around where I am. Whenever a new church pops up it seems as if they go overboard trying to justify, through the Bible, their faith, beliefs, and philosophy, that they are the "true" church of God.

This being said, as long as people keep interpreting those so-called "Holy books" their way, I do not see an end to the battles that continue to happen today. Isn't it just sad how harmony and religion simply do not mix the way they should?

 

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I agree with post number 5, though I wouldn't go quite as far down the doux commerce path as pohnpei does. I do think that many religious quarrels are strongly rooted in structural concerns such as land disputes, economic inequality (i.e. where one religious group dominates over others), and ethnic disputes that are only tangentially related to religious dogma.

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Individual religious leaders need to preach and teach tolerance to their congregations.  A lot of religious intolerance comes from the religions themselves.  Religions should encourage acceptance and celebrating diversity.

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The best way to bring harmony among the world's religions is to have economic growth.  This may sound dumb, but the conflicts between religions tend to spring up most among people who are not as well-off as they might be.  If we could have better global economic development, conflict between religions would diminish because people would simply be happier in general.

There can never be true harmony between the world's religions because they are fundamentally opposed to one another.  They can't all be right.  So they're going to quarrel.  But if the world were richer, the debates would be more on the philosophical and theological level and would not end up in violence as much as they do now.

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The presence of interfaith dialogues is a powerful element that can help to bring about a sense of harmony amongst different modes of religious expressions.  I think that the more discourse there is about how religions are the same or share common interests, the greater the chance that harmony can be brought about.  Interfaith forums and dialogues are rooted in the idea that disagreements can be understood through discourse and open, public communication.  This would serve as a very good starting point in bringing about religious understanding because it no longer sees anger and disagreement as something private and internal.  Rather, interfaith dialogues help to bring about a sense of the public to the discussion.  In doing so, the notion of public good and general welfare replaces bitterness and a sense of subjective misunderstanding.  At a particular point where so much challenge has been thrust upon religious forms of worship, interfaith dialogue might be one of the few avenues where people can turn in order to find both a validation of faith and harmony amongst different religions.

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