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Strangers on the Shore

The Beatitudes in World Religions

Albert B. Randall

While the world’s major religions differ in their beliefs, they share common spiritual values. Although Christians and Muslims disagree about the divinity of Jesus, the New Testament and the Qur’an affirm a common set of spiritual virtues that are also found in Hinduism and Buddhism.
For Christians, the fundamental spiritual virtues are most memorably stated in the Beatitudes that begin the Sermon on the Mount. Strangers on the Shore explores the virtues in the Beatitudes as they are expressed in the New Testament, the Muslim Qur’an, the Hindu Bhagavad Gita, and the writings and traditions of Buddhism.