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PublicationDialogue Between Christians, Jews and Muslims: The Concept of Covenant as Basis2012-05-03 Fry, IanThis thesis examines in what manner and on what basis communities of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the Abrahamic faiths, can engage in conversation-dialogue relating to the concept of covenant to enable a greater awareness of their relationship with God and the relationships between each of their communities. To achieve this task, this study critically examines the primary texts of each faith in the context of human history, their origins, development and interaction through a series of five epochs which has been identified and constructed as an integral part of this study.
PublicationDialogue: Responding in Faith in Christian-Muslim Interaction2013-10-08 Fry, Ian ; Fry, IanThis paper discusses dialogue between Christians and Muslims within a context of six matters. They are: key aspects of the world situation and circumstances in India; that the three Abrahamic faith communities are partners, each subject to a community-specific divine covenant, but each having a common obligation; the obligation is to enable all peoples to better understand and respond to their relationship with the sole and absolute Divine Creative Authority; the circumstances that resulted in their development as three covenanted communities in conflict with each other and with all other faith communities; that the circumstances of the inversion of the relationship between two great power blocs is consistent with the application of the penal clauses of each of the divine covenants; and the nature of dialogue, reassessment and cooperation that is necessary to offset the consequences of the misunderstandings, conflict and current divisions.
PublicationIT’S TIME TO TALK OUR WAY OUT OF CRISIS Try innovations in dialogue to end conflict between faith communities, in India and internationally(Master's Journal of Theology; N/A (N/A) ) 2014 Fry, Ian ; N/A, ; Fry, IanThis paper refers to the series of crises around the world that are represented by governments and media as separate and disconnected, states that they are all actually fragments of one major world crisis that is centred on the conflict between the State of Israel and the Palestinian people, and explains that they are all the consequences of religious disputation and conflict between communities of the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It then describes the inversion of relationships between the White Western Christian Bloc and the World Majority Peoples that is taking place as the consequence of a series of broken covenants, and proposes that the vital first step to a long-term solution is dialogue to arrive at a new understanding between those faiths that they are partners, each with a common obligation under community-specific divine covenants.
PublicationBroken Covenants and Broken Relationships: Guidelines for Cooperation in a World in Transition2011 Fry, Ian ; Luca, Anceschi ; Camilleri, Joseph Anthony ; Wicking, Andrew P. ; Palapathwala, Ruwan
PublicationA Time to Celebrate Achievements … and to Tackle the Next Big Challenge – Dialogue2013-10-12 Fry, Ian ; Fry, IanThis paper is written in the context of a celebration of the achievements of Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust and its founder, Swamy Chaturvedi. It discusses the challenge for governments that have responsibility for education, training and community services at all levels in a nation in which one in every five people is a child under ten, another one in four are under 20, only one in three people are in the prime working period of 20 to 45 years of age, and only one in five are in the senior management pool of 45 to 65 which provides most political leaders. It notes that they come under pressure from commercial interests, especially those in the non-essential consumer goods sector, tourism and hospitality, and arms and defence procurement industries. It then refers to the added strains caused by the inversion of relationships between the White Western Christian Bloc and the World Majority Peoples, and the need for development of greater community cohesion through programs of dialogue between each of its faiths.
PublicationThe Tripwire to More Questions than Answers2013-09 Fry, Ian ; Karickam, Abraham ; Palapathwala, Ruwan ; Fry, IanThis paper notes that concept of ‘life after life’ cannot be considered in theological, scientific or philosophical isolation. There has been no consensus or spontaneous knowledge of the possibility or the reality of ‘life after life’ within or between any faith communities. Traditional beliefs have not kept pace with scientific discoveries or an understanding of human history, and they must be reviewed in the context of the origins of life, whether there is an external force that had, or has, a role in those origins, and whether there is an ongoing relationship between living creatures, both human and non-human, and the creative force. The paper then briefly identifies the beliefs held in each of the major world faiths, questions the implications of some of those beliefs, and proposes that research by scholars from different faiths working in close collaboration would help towards an understanding of which early beliefs may have direct application in considering human life and which beliefs may be more relevant in considerations of environmental matters and inter-species relationships.