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Published July 7, 2007 | Version 1.0
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The Parable of the Good Samaritan: The Love Commandment and the Convergence of Religions

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 Jesus’ teaching that the praxis of love of neighbour is 
the means to inherit eternal life therefore is of interest to all,
irrespective of their religious or ideological backgrounds, since 
it deals with a value that is shared universally. So the author
takes up the parable of the Good Samaritan and develops a per-­
spective that affirms this illustration of love of neighbour as a
point of convergence of religions, given the presence of and em­-
phasis on love of neighbour in all religions. Then the author
traces the love commandment in other religions. The author con­
cludes that the followers of different religions do not have to
give up or ignore the differences which exist among them. It is
possible that agreeing and working together on this common
point of convergence of the love commandments might bring down 
unwarranted prejudices, promote mutual respect and a sense of
camaraderie among them. It can also open up new avenues of
understanding and promote closeness on an ongoing basis, thus
contributing positively to the climate of dialogue and co-opera­-
tion. Thus the love commandments have a great potential to
promote convergence in the encounter of religions.
 

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