Blurb: From the man who became Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio shares his thoughts on religion, reason, and the challenges the world faces in the 21st century with Abraham Skorka, a rabbi and biophysicist.
For years Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Argentina, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka were tenacious promoters of interreligious dialogues on faith and reason. They both sought to build bridges among Catholicism, Judaism, and the world at large. On Heaven and Earth, originally published in Argentina in 2010, brings together a series of these conversations where both men talked about various theological and worldly issues, including God, fundamentalism, atheism, abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and globalization. From these personal and accessible talks comes a first-hand view of the man who would become pope to 1.2 billion Catholics around the world in March 2013.
Review: On Heaven and Earth is a wonderful insight into the views of Pope Francis I and Rabbi Abraham Skorka.
The book covers a variety of topics (from views on same-sex marriage to fundamentalism to euthanasia to different conflicts) and not only shows the two men's views on each individual topic, but their personal histories, how their faiths are similar and divergent on the topic discussed, and how people can work together to bridge their differences toward a common goal.
A very enlightening read and highly recommended.