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Religion and Harmony: A Malabar Experience

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Introduction Malabar in southwest India has been blessed with Hindu rulers for thousands of years who welcomed immigrants. Most notably these were the Christians two thousand years ago from Southwest Asia, led by Saint Thomas the Apostle of Jesus Christ, and a millennium and a half ago Muslims from the same region who came as merchants to carry on the sea trade that had come to bind together...

Jurisprudence: The Ultimate Arena for Existential Clash or Cooperation within and among Civilizations

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Introduction In 1982, as a “Cherokee Indian” and former Ombudsman in the U.S. government’s Bureau of Indian Affairs responsible for resolving irresolvable problems, I was invited to represent America’s indigenous nations and religions at a gathering above the little village of Baca on the Western Slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Maurice Strong, a Canadian...

Editorial Introduction

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The vision or purpose of this journal, Armonia, is to help bring together the best of all civilizations and religions in order to apply their common wisdom in promoting the harmonious pursuit of peace, prosperity, and freedom for all persons and communities through compassionate justice. A major mission or goal of this journal is to promote holistic education as a means to restore the primordial...

Inter-Religious Harmony and Cooperation: A Muslim Model from the Traditional Arts and Cultures of Malabar

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A poor boy, named Kunhi Marakkar, had lost his father in the early days and was brought up by is pious mother, who affectionately cared for him and aspired to make him a disciple of a great scholar of that time, Zainuddin Makhdum the First (1467-1522, of Ponnani.  He also trained in the traditional martial arts of the time, known as Kalari.  According to a legendary story in the Kottupalli Mala...

Armonia: Fitting Together in a Plural World

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The word Armonia, and its English equivalent Harmony, come from Greek harmonia via Latin, and ultimately from the Indo-European root ar-, which had the sense of ‘joining’ or ‘fitting together’, very much like the modern sense of an orderly, congruent and aesthetically pleasing arrangement of parts.  The English word arm, in its two senses of ‘limb’ and ‘weapon’ also comes from the...

The Moral Sense, Common Grace, and the Common Future of Human Harmony

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Introduction The concept of grace, from the Greek charis, has been central to all Christian thought as a paradigm for harmony between God and individual human beings and, moreover, for lifting humanity above its pettiness and its self-destructiveness. The consensus has always been that grace is the power of God’s love in awakening a loving response from individual persons inspiring them to excel...

Teaching Holistic Harmony through Paradigmatic Thought

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Part One Introduction to the Concept Index  Teaching How to Think         Two thousand years ago, the Roman philosopher, Cicero, taught as a foundation principle the following wisdom: “Before you discuss anything whatsoever, first define your terms”.         In January, 2016, Tucker Carlson, the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Caller, explained the rationale for this wisdom, “You can’t fix a problem...

The Openings Project: The First Complete Translation of the Futūḥāt al-Makkīyah of Ibn al-ʿArabī

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When I first read Sufis of Andalusia as a teenager, I knew that I had met a visionary far beyond the limits of anyone I had read or heard about.  Ibn al-ʿArabī, I know now, was in the ocean without shore, but he was there as someone who, like the prophets and messengers and friends (awliyāʾ), stayed near the shore: the ones who go deep and drown, he says, benefit neither themselves or others...

Creating Harmony among Christians, Jews, and Muslims through Comparative Translation

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Religion is supposed to provide guidance for human beings so they can better honor and glorify God and live peacefully with others, especially with those who share the belief in the same Creator.  But the percentage of those among the followers of the three Abrahamic religions who seem to resent or flat out hate each other is much higher than those who understand religion to be a tool for deeper...

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