An Unexpected Caliph
For millennia, people of faith around the world have viewed their religious texts as sacred, holy, and at times, even infallible when it comes to our understanding of our past. We have all used them as guidelines to chart our journeys on earth; not only regarding spirituality but also our relationship with other humans.
Sometimes we use these ‘letters written by our parent in heaven’ to assert our own ethnic or spiritual superiority over others. But as archaeologists and historians, religious scholars and scientists, have discovered through research, no one seems to have ‘a lock’ on ‘the truth’ or ‘the perspective’ or ‘the right holy way’. Rather, this attitude has led to hatred, prejudice and violence as we all try to ‘one-up’ everyone else.
Imagine the consequences of the re-discovery of ancient manuscripts that support the notion of commonality- found in the homeland of World War II’s Third Reich, the idea that, regardless of religious belief, the best people rise to the top in an attempt to bring their society, their community, to the most civilized level possible. Imagine a set of documents that shows that ancient societies were more tolerant, and accepting, than today’s world. And just imagine the impact that it might have in changing our world view- ‘slowly, slowly’ as they say in the MidEast.