Confronting Religious Violence: A Counternarrative
Eds. Richard Burridge and Jonathan Sacks
SCM Press, 2018, 270 pp, hbk, £25
Arising out of perspectives on the history, development, present-day manifestations, and possible resolutions to the animosity between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this collection of essays originated from a symposium in the ‘Humble Approach Initiative’ of the John Templeton Foundation. The ‘Humble Approach’ invites scholars from different disciplines to examine a contentious topic, with the aim of learning from one another’s experiences and standpoints, and finding constructive ways forward. In practical terms, some chapter suffer from being presented on the two-dimensional page rather than in real life – where the more technical presentations could be elucidated by questions and discussion, or enhanced by images. The collection is book-ended by reflections from the late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (whose previous publication on religious conflict, Not in God’s Name, inspired the symposium), demonstrating his gift for expressing complex ideas in lucid prose.