By Tom Holmes
The best way to inter-religious harmony
The CROP Hunger Walk is tomorrow and people with many different world views will be walking shoulder to shoulder to raise money to feed the hungry both in our area and around the world. I think Eboo Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, would feel good about that.
You see, Patel contends that the way to inter-religious harmony is not by starting with differences but with similarities. He acknowledges that religions are different when it comes to statements about ultimate truth but sees that they are very similar when it comes to ethics, i.e. how people should live.
He would therefore applaud the CROP Walk as a way for people of different faiths and no faith to establish relationships and find common ground. . .and feed hungry people in the process.
Following is what one of Patel's websites says about him:
Eboo's core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He's inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He writes about it regularly in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post