A lengthy free post today, but that doesn’t mean you must take me literally. Do become a paid subscriber if your heart so moves you. Early in his book The Death Of Tragedy, the literary critic George Steiner throws out a challenge to monotheism which, though seemingly casual, opens doors to dark places. ‘Tragedy,’ he writes, ‘is alien to the Judaic sense of the world.’
Hoping I can find the talk you gave as well. Incredibly articulate and erudite remarks on a very difficult issue. Thank you, Howard.
Stuff sometimes happens for human reasons and is not necessarily "part of God's plan." The Renaissance was about becoming a secular world yet we seem to be backsliding into conservative religiosity. There is a reason to keep religion and government separate.
I'd argue that this sentence:
For the land one God promises his people, is the same land the other God promises his.
Is the crux of the whole Issue. Take a step back and remember that the God of the Jews is the same God of the Christians and the same God as the Muslims.
All the religions need to remanded tolerance and forgiveness
One problem with saying God the Creator is involved with human religions which there is 4,200 on planet Earth! According to the Bible the 66 books, Jehovah God does not approve of the 4,200 religions man has made! The causes a serious problem for humanity There is only one way to worship Jehovah God and it is his way! When the Israelites rejected his Son Jehovah God rejected them as a nation! His Son Jesus Christ established the only way to worship Jehovah. Jehovah God permitted the destruction of The temple in 70 CE by the Roman’s the Christians were warned to flee Jerusalem in 66 CE with they did! Jehovah God turned his attention to the nations and rejected the Israelites nations as a whole! To this day there is only one way to worship Jehovah God his people on Earth are Jehovah Witnesses they follow Jesus Christ he set the standards on how his Heaven father Jehovah wanted worshipped! Jehovah God will use the Governments to destroy all 4,200 man made religions on Earth! He will destroy Babylon the Great the world Empire of False Religion which is controlled by the god of this system of things Satan!