Bishop and Panel Say Faith Can Exist Without Fanaticism

March 7, 2008

Author: Amy Kotlarz

Source: Catholic Courier

The keys to religious harmony in a religiously diverse world are appreciation, humility and respect for others, said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield of New York City and author of You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism, which was published in January.

Rabbi Hirschfield spoke about religious tolerance to a crowd of several hundred people at Temple Beth El March 5. Appearing with him were Bishop Matthew H. Clark, who has pioneered several interfaith initiatives, and Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, director of the Islamic Center of Rochester and executive director of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College in Pittsford. The event was sponsored by the Jewish Community Federation's community relations committee.

Rabbi Hirschfield said he considers people’s beliefs -- whether in Islam, Hindu, Judaism, Christianity or atheism -- to be a product of their personal wisdom and insight.