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By Jacob Neusner, William C. Chittick, Vigen Guroian, Ruben L. F. Habito, William K. Mahony, John S. Mbiti, Clark H. Pinnock, David Tracy, Jeff Levin, Stephen G. Post

The final word target for plenty of of the world’s significant religion traditions is to like and be enjoyed by way of God—to dwell in reference to the Divine, in union with the liked, in reconciliation with the last word. spiritual students Jeff Levin and Stephen G. submit have termed this connection “divine love.” of their new choice of an analogous identify, they've got invited 8 of the world’s preeminent non secular students to proportion their views at the what, how, and why of divine love.

The participants to Divine Love hide a wide spectrum of global religions, evaluating and contrasting methods to the subject between Christians of a number of denominations, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and adherents of conventional African faith. every one bankruptcy specializes in the definition and conceptual barriers of divine love; on its expression and event; on its instrumentality and salience; and either on the way it can develop into distorted and on the way it has been made occur or restored by way of nice ancient exemplars of altruism, compassion, and limitless love.

From this different amassing of views emerges facts that to like and to be enjoyed via God, to go into right into a mutual and covenantal courting with the Divine, may possibly supply recommendations to a number of the present crises around the globe. just a loving dating with the resource of being in the context of the good religion and knowledge traditions of the realm can absolutely tell and encourage the acts of affection, harmony, justice, compassion, kindness, and mercy for all beings which are so desperately required to counter the poisonous impacts within the world.

Contributors: William C. Chittick, Vigen Guroian, Ruben L. F. Habito, William ok. Mahony, John S. Mbiti, Jacob Neusner, Clark H. Pinnock, and David Tracy.

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If we are to survive as a species, perhaps even as a living planet, then an ethic of mutual respect and love must guide our actions and those of our leaders and institutions. This respect and love must extend to all humans—to all sentient beings, some would say—and must replace the predominant ethic that defines social relations, local and global, in terms of concepts such as power, control, competition, possession, and dominance. Souls infused with divine love see life as a journey into greater service, not as a game in which some of us must win and others must lose.

Yet, over the vast continent, there exists an assortment of commonalities and similarities of belief, praxis, worldviews, and values, to make it possible to speak of African religion in the singular, allowing for variations in location and time. God and the Creation of Persons One of these strong commonalities of African religion is people’s acknowledgment of God. We find this religious component in every people and language, constituting a monotheistic view of and belief in God. Everywhere, people confess or acknowledge God to be the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

God, Save Us. God, Hide Us. A prayer from the Samburu people in Kenya:1 When we sleep, God do not sleep. If we sleep, God do not get drowsy. Tie us around your arm, God, Like a bracelet. Guard us now, my God, guard us and save us. God, guard for us our little ones Both people and beasts, Whether awake or asleep. God, look on us with a countenance that is happy. Hit us with the black cloud of rain like the long rains. God, give us your waters. God, give us what we ardently desire in regards to children, and to cattle.

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