The Christian and the Pharisee: Two Outspoken Religious Leaders Debate the Road to Heaven

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Hodder & Stoughton, Mar 16, 2006 - Religion - 208 pages

What starts as Rabbi David Rosen's staunch defence of his tradition against Dr R. T. Kendall's use of 'Pharisee' as a derogatory term blossoms into a fascinating exchange in which the two men openly discuss the basic tenets of their respective faiths. They explore the common ground that these two related religions share, and discover the fundamental differences that set them apart.

This groundbreaking publication is a rare opportunity to read the heartfelt correspondence of two prolific religious leaders, both acclaimed theologians, as they seek to both vigorously defend their own beliefs and allow themselves to be challenged by the claims of the other. As the discussion continues we see mutual respect grow and a strong friendship forged before the relationship is inevitably tested as they reach points of seemingly irreconcilable difference.

Is it possible for Christianity and Judaism to proactively co-exist when the bedrock of one denies the rationale of the other? This dignified book poses such difficult questions whilst offering greater understanding and hope for the future.

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About the author (2006)

Dr R. T. Kendall was for 25 years Minister of Westminster Chapel in London, and now lives in Florida, from where he continues his career as a popular Christian preacher and writer. His best-selling books include Total Forgiveness, The Anointing and Out of the Comfort Zone. Rabbi David Rosen, previously Chief Rabbi of Ireland, has for the last twenty years lived in Jerusalem where he currently holds a number of important posts, including Director of the Department for Interreligious Affairs and Director of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding of the American Jewish Committee, President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

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