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A Sacred Argument

Dispatches from the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounter

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Our society is sharply divided along political, racial, and religious lines. People of faith often feel debilitated in the face of these divisions, neither understanding their nature nor how best to respond.

As these divisions become more intense, the need to get at their roots becomes more urgent. A Sacred Argument addresses this need, equipping readers with practical and theoretical resources to engage problems that all too often break down trust, shut down honest conversations, and disrupt collaborative action. This story aims to renew within each reader the sense of compassion and the deep yearning for understandings that can come from the encounter with those who see the world differently.

“Eloquent and engrossing, intensely personal and insightfully profound, Christopher Leighton’s A Sacred Argument maps the odyssey of Christian encounters with Jews and Muslims in post-Holocaust America. Dynamic and dialogical, this memoir—both scholarly and page-turning—wisely guides decisive steps that Americans need to take to advance religious understanding and to defend endangered democracy.”

John Roth
Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

Meet the Author

Christopher M. Leighton is the founding director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked for thirty-three years. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has also served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Seminary and University and Johns Hopkins University.

Location:
Online via Zoom

Date:
April 3, 2024

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Location:
Online via Zoom

Date:
April 3, 2024

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Location:
ICJS Library, 956 Dulaney Valley Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204

Date:
April 3, 2024

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Location:
ICJS Library, 956 Dulaney Valley Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204

Date:
April 3, 2024

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Chris is available for media interviews and lectures.
Don’t hesitate to reach out.