Religions explored in book

In a world where religious communities are increasingly at odds and clashes of civilizations are rumoured, an educator and author is promoting the unity of religions through a pioneering new book.

In a world where religious communities are increasingly at odds and clashes of civilizations are rumoured, an educator and author is promoting the unity of religions through a pioneering new book.

Founders of Faith connects the backgrounds, missions, teachings and legacies of seven world-religion founders and details 25 striking parallels between them and their resulting faiths. It’s an enlightening read.

In Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God’s Messengers, author Harold Rosen explores the lives of Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Zoroaster, Krishna, Buddha and Bahá’u’lláh and finds remarkable connections.

According to Rosen, these patterns suggest our world’s religions share universal teachings and have a common divine source. He explains how the founders of world religions functioned as teachers of humanity; how their stations differed from seers, visionaries and minor prophets; and how their teachings transformed civilization and humanity.

Rosen is a community interfaith educator, world religion and world history teacher, and college instructor of philosophy and religion. He was a Unitarian minister for 25 years and a Bahá’í interfaith educator for the last decade. Rosen has written extensively on religion and interfaith issues. He is a resident of Vancouver and writes in Wildomar, California.

Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God’s Messengers is available from Laughing Oyster Book Shop in Courtenay.

Rosen will present a talk entitled: If there is only one God, why are there so many religions? this Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. at North Island College. The book will also be available for sale and signing by the author. The event is open to the public.

For more information, call 250-702-0574.

— Harold Rosen