• Pingback: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Confronting the roots of violence - mosaicversemosaicverse()

  • Bernardo

    “and how religion can counter religious extremists? ” And the answer: Admit that there is no god and simply follow some simple rules of living. e.g. Do No Harm.

  • Fran

    Religion should follow Jesus’ instructions to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and even to love our enemies and pray for those persecuting us (Matthew 5:44).

    Yet, many religions still get involved in politics and resulting warfare, killing their fellowman. Jesus also said that the distinguishing mark of true Christians would be love among themselves (John 13:35).

  • Pingback: Number Crunch: Best, worst Week 8 fantasy matchups - Smyrna Themes()

  • Jack

    God bless Jonathan Sacks and may God lead him in all ways on the paths of truth and love.

    The way to counter toxic religion is through healthy religion. This is something the New Atheists and radical skeptics refuse to consider because their dogma blinds them to it.

    But as Rabbi Sacks implies, we have no choice, for as the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus correctly foretold back in the 1990s, the 21st century would see religion re-emerge to replace nationalism as an organizing principle.

    So to counter toxic religion with no religion is to ensure the triumph of toxic religion over all, theist and atheist alike. This is something no sane human being should want.

  • Jack

    Illogical on its face, Bernardo, unless you enjoy throwing babies out with bathwater.

  • Jack

    Someone who knows a wee bit of Hebrew should do a you-tube search of Rabbi Sacks’ video of a few years ago (2008), honoring Israel’s 60th.

    He takes “oseh shalom” and gives it a gorgeous melody which is sung by children and men. But be forewarned that the melody is addictive.

  • Bernardo

    Jack,

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the “bowers”, kneelers” and “pew peasants” are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of “worthless worship” aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html

    Religion………………………… Adherents

    Christianity ……………………..2.1 billion

    Islam…………………………… 1.5 billion

    Irreligious/agnostic/atheism…… 1.1 billion

    Hinduism 900 million
    Chinese traditional religion 394 million
    Buddhism 376 million

  • Religion will always be with us simply because for some reason we need it.
    The man who has expressed so much hate at the beginning of these comments
    has a serious emotional problem and I would guess a very strong “HURT” relating to a church or some other house of worship. Granted, he in his hurt
    as expressed some very real faults of religion. Religion can be a tool of oppression and evil, but also a healing process. Who has not been HURT by
    dishonest “religious” I have that’s for sure. Nothing is “fair” not even the
    church, temple, or any other religious organization. However I prefer it to
    the absolute evil of civil oppression such as China.

  • Roger

    Rabbi Sacks is one of the foremost religious thinkers today. As with many forward-thinking people, the mass public takes no heed from them because the public is non-participatory. We should attempt to propagate Lord Sacks’ words widely.
    You can help by sending his interview to many names on your email list! It is a first step: become a participant!

  • It is true religion that the world needs. The world has enough false, man made religions. True religion comes from God, not man. God revealed Himself to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). Through whom He gave us His Words (Holy Scriptures), and through whom He brought us the Savior/Messiah. Religion for religion sake is useless, it is of no value. Truth comes from God, not from man. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.”….Jesus Christ/Messiah Receive Him as Savior and Messiah. Turn away form sin and false religion. Follow Him through His Word and by His Holy Spirit, and know God’s peace in this life and promise of eternal life. Shalom