Common Theological Groundings of Our Abrahamic Faiths
A Working Document to Articulate a Theological Basis for Political Action
Uniting Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Faith Leaders
As Jews, Christians, and Muslims, each of us belongs to a distinctive religious tradition with its own history, sacred texts, rituals and practices. And yet, all three religions have a common root in the Middle East, are all "people of the book," and revere Abraham as a seminal figure and paragon of the faith. Not surprisingly, we share many beliefs and moral values. For example, we affirm that:
Building on these common essentials of our three faiths, we seek to develop interfaith political engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We base our work on the bedrock of Abrahamic ethics and also important secular sources -- human rights conventions and international law. These powerful norms are deeply rooted in moral values hewn from our Abrahamic traditions, and provide a significant non-sectarian witness, upholding human dignity, promoting equality, and advancing the cause of peace throughout the world. Thus, Abrahamic ethics and human rights constitute the twin pillars of our interfaith advocacy toward a just and lasting peace among Israelis and Palestinians. With the combined strength of these ideals, and God's help, we seek to find our common voice and to raise it in support of all the suffering children of Abraham.