Clearly, there is a wealth of new understanding to be gleaned from deep and serious encounter with other faiths. We are saddened, then, when we hear some religious leaders not only dispense with the need for interfaith dialogue but actually admonish that any interaction with other religions is dangerous, even harmful to the practice of one's own faith. Without openness and interchange between the traditions, we are each and every one impoverished — our understanding limited by the filters of our particular monocultural faith and insulated from outside influences — while we cling to the nostalgic surety of the familiar.

Harold Kasimow, John P. Keenan, Linda Klepinger Keenan, Beside Still Waters