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p. 131Epiloguelocked

  • Charles L. Cohen

Abstract

The epilogue critiques this proposition by examining two of the ways in which Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have historically colored their adherents’ experiences: as individuals who may have an intimate connection to God; and as communities defined by their collective heritages. Historical circumstances have colored how members of the Abrahamic religions see one another; so, too, have the ways in which their traditions have constructed their identities. Ruminating on the perceived connections between the traditions that the concept of the “Abrahamic religions” implies, proponents of interfaith engagement have sometimes fastened on Abraham as a model of how his self-proclaimed descendants might treat each other more generously.

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