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NEW VIDEOS -- Timothy Gianotti on Islam & Interfaith Relations

These two video segments were filmed by ZEJMEDIA (zejmedia.com) during the recent Elijah meeting of world religious leaders in Israel (October 2009). In the first video, Dr. Gianotti speaks on the Qur'anic articulation of the Divine intention underlying religious and ethnic diversity. In the second clip, he explains how a practice of sincere, moral self-examination can lead to healthier relations with peoples of other faith traditions. Both clips can be found on the ZEJMEDIA website by clicking HERE.  Look specifically under the heading, "Religious Leaders and Interfaith Harmony," or you can access the first clip separately by clicking HERE

Dr. Gianotti can also be seen, with other religious leaders and scholars, speaking on these themes, as well as on the themes of forgiveness and the ultimate goal (telos) of religion, at the very top of the same ZEJMEDIA page (above), specifically under the heading, "Elijah Conference Video Segments."

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