of all faiths and spiritualities are waking up to the urgency and
excitement of interfaith activity. In this book, Marcus Braybrooke,
a leader in international interfaith activities, tells the story
of this growing, world-wide movement which began with the 1893 World's
Parliament of Religions, in Chicago. The author describes the background
to the centennial events in 1993 and then focuses on developments
in the movement's many organizations, through 1997. These include
the International Interfaith Center in Oxford, the United Religions
Initiative based in San Francisco, and plans for the 1999 Parliament
of the World's Religions in Capetown, South Africa.
Braybrooke also surveys the movement's engagement with critical
global issues, the Declaration "Toward a Global Ethic," the effects
of religious plurality on global theology and spirituality, and
the question of a world faith.
author's wealth of knowledge and experience . . . make this new
book so fascinating to read and such a valuable resource for those
engaged in the search for interfaith understanding and for a new
relationship between the religions of the world.
Dr. John Hick
Rev. Marcus Braybrooke is a prolific writer, a pioneer research,
and a leading light in the interfaith movement for the last thirty
years. This book masterfully chronicles the movement, addresses
its theological and practical problems, and identifies the movement's
needs and possibilities in the emerging global society. The author
recognizes the necessity of inter-religious understanding and believes
that the time has come for the world's religions to work together
in the service of humankind, for the greater glory of God. This
fascinating and forward-looking book deserves world-wide attention.
Dr. K.L. Seshagiri Rao, Chief Editor, Encyclopedia of Hinduism
and Indic Religions
the hostilities of religions and the competition among inter-faith
efforts, one person stands out as a source of fair judgement, sound
scholarship, and supportive friendship for all. Marcus Braybrooke
is that person. So when he add new words about the world of faiths,
it is wise to pay heed.
Reverend William E. Swing
Bishop of California and Chair, United
Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke,
an Anglican Vicar, is a prolific writer, pioneer researcher, and
a leading light in the interfaith movement for the last thirty years.
He has served for many years as an officer of the World Congress
of Faiths and was formerly Executive Director of the Council for
Christians and Jews. Even so, Marcus Braybrooke writes this survey
in a very personable and accessible style, meant for the general
reader as well as for students of contemporary religions and spiritual
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