Second in a Series exploring the shared Abrahamic roots of three faith traditions
Part II: Islamic Roots
An American politician wants to build walls, and a major religious leader wants to build bridges. A series of previous commentaries explored the inseparable confluence of our political and religious life.
The current Series has turned to consider the shared, common roots of three great Abrahamic faith traditions; in an attempt to not only identify “false” divisions, but honestly acknowledge real differences, as well. It is a quest for common ground, arising from shared roots; along with and a shared respect for our different paths. It’s tricky.
So to do so, we’ve hearkened back to the origins of monotheism, and the earliest notions of that integral wholeness referenced above. We consider, once again, the “call” of Abraham, and the universal theme of leaving the place of the known and familiar; in order to faithfully risk the possibility of an encounter with something more than we can ask or imagine, hope or believe.
The figure of Abraham not only represents the progenitor of the outward expressions of three great monotheistic faiths, but the prototype for the internal spiritual journey, as well. My own journey as a self-professed progressive in the Christian faith tradition has led me to believe little of what other Christians may profess. I find the same to be true of Islam.
But in a world so filled with forced migration and walls of division, the three Abrahamic faith traditions can share a common pilgrimage of faith over belief. It is an act of trust. Put another way, it is an act of submission that draws one into another kind of journey. In this sense, all children of Abraham are (lit.) muslim.
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