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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?

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

Madhuri M. Yadlapati

University of Illinois Press

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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