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
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:
God of Judaism, Christianity,
and Islam, though a God of many names, is one and the same God.
God created the
universe and all that is within it.
human beings and breathes into all the divine spirit and light that
is the irreducible ground of human dignity.
God values all
human beings equally, without respect to differences.
correlate of this divinely-instituted equality is that we are to
treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
We are alike in
being called to love God and neighbor in word and deed.
and thus our shared calling, is to create peace founded on justice
with forgiveness and compassion.
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