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The Witness of Religion in an Age of Fear

Author: Michael Kinnamon March 16, 2017

This book by Michael Kinnamon, former General Secretary for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA,  opens with a quote from Mahatma Ghandi:  “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear.” Kinnamon teaches that our current American culture of fear is an opportunity for people of all religions to come together in witnessing peace and comfort. His first chapter describes how fear/anxiety is rampant across economic, ethnic, racial and religious divides. In chapter two he explains how Jewish and Christians try to overcome fear, and then, in chapter three, turns to other religions and what they teach about fear.  Kinnamon includes a case study chapter on the topic of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resource would be useful and engaging to an adult Sunday School class or interfaith small group study; it includes a study guide in the back with extensive chapter discussion questions and an option to customize questions for an interfaith group or a Christian group. Kinnamon is writing about fear as it paralyzes and deadens. He states that fearful people make others fear (8), and he is advocating for people of faith to embrace resources in our sacred traditions that will help us witness to others in a time of anxiety. For more information or to order, go to WJK books at http://www.wjkbooks.com/Products/0664262023/the-witness-of-religion-in-an-age-of-fear.aspx