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Against DogmatismDwelling in Faith and Doubt$
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Madhuri M. Yadlapati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037948

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037948.001.0001

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What Is Our Sacred Responsibility in the World?

What Is Our Sacred Responsibility in the World?

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(p.35) Chapter Two What Is Our Sacred Responsibility in the World?
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Against Dogmatism
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Madhuri M. Yadlapati

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037948.003.0003

This chapter examines four particular ways in which faith has been expressed as a commitment to one's responsibilities vis-à-vis one's community and God. It discusses Hindu epic illustrations of dharma, or sacred duty; an allegorical extrapolation of Christian responsibility in C. S. Lewis's Narnia series as well as his discussion of the relationship between faith and works; Islamic understanding of human beings as God's caliphs (khalifa) and the responsibility for jihad; and Jewish articulations of human responsibility in a covenantal relationship with God. These examples concern a specific interface of religious ethics and the commitment to faith, by which one embraces a tremendous sense of responsibility for the very fate of the human world.

Keywords:   dharma, Christian responsibility, God's caliphs, khalifa, jihad, covenantal relationship, religious ethics, God

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