The New York Public Library's Three Faiths exhibition explores the commonalities between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But what of the other faiths of the world? There is much to be learned from all of them. Here is a selection of recently published books that discuss those differences as well as the importance of promoting greater tolerance and understanding.
Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America
Gustav Niebuhr | Viking, 2008
Former religion reporter for the New York Times, Niebuhr makes the point that real tolerance means approaching other religious traditions with a desire to learn and, perhaps more important, to make friends.
God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World—And Why Their Differences Matter
Stephen R. Prothero | HarperOne, 2010
An important introduction to eight of the world’s great religions.
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam
Eliza Griswold | Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
Empathetic view of the stresses and problems between these groups by a talented author.
Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together
Dalai Lama XIV | Doubleday Religion, 2010
The Dalai Lama explores how differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as a source of conflict.
World Religions in Practice: A Comparative Introduction
Paul Gwynne | Blackwell Pub. 2009
Introduces five of the world’s great religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and explores how they are lived and expressed in custom, ritual, and symbol.