It may seem shocking to compare our relationship with God with the notion of "dating." But this book does.
With fresh insight and a deep personal spirituality, Horan points out that the desire, uncertainty, and love we experience in relationship with God resembles our earthly relationships: We set aside time for the people who are most important to us. Francis of Assisi understood and even described his relationship with God in a similar way.
From the Declaration of Athens this past September, adopted by the conference entitled “United Against Violence in the Name of Religion: Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims, and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East,” which was co-organized by the intergovernmental KAICIID Dialogue Centre and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we quote a distinctive paragraph: The expanding conflict in the Middle East threatens religious and cultural diversity in this region.
It also undermines peaceful coexistence among citizens of the region, including Christians, Muslims, and other religious and ethnic groups. These crimes destroy fellowship between the followers of diverse religions, and among followers of the same faith. These are core values of our religions. Therefore, in addressing the Middle East and world political and religious leaders, we implore them to be involved in peaceful coexistence among the various religious traditions, and we declare our solidarity with the victims of discrimination and persecution – the innocent casualties of violence and war as well as the countless refugees obliged to leave their homes and nations.
To transform the conflicts that beset our world today, we need to uncover the various nuances of peace within the diverse religious and cultural traditions, while seeking a common ground among them.
Our challenge is to honour the diversity of humanistic and spiritual traditions in the Middle East.
Otherwise, the lack of structures and mechanisms may favor terrorist organizations and support violence and religious fanaticism. When it comes to crises involving religion, the implementation of diplomacy must be handled with care and in cooperation with religious leaders.
This is why we believe that interreligious and intercultural dialogue is the key to any crisis resolution.
Horan is also interested in contemporary theological movements, with particular attention paid to the Radical Orthodoxy movement that originated in the UK.
He is a highly sought-after speaker, who lectures around the United States, Canada, and Europe.
In the preparation process for the Holy and Great Council, the First Pre-Conciliar Pan Orthodox Conference (1976) expressed its desire to collaborate in a spirit of mutual understanding with other religions in order to wipe out religious fanaticism and establish religious understanding.
This was affirmed in the Declaration of the Third Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, 1986) on “The contribution of the local Orthodox Churches to the realization of peace, justice, freedom, fraternity and love between nations, and the removal of racial and other discriminations.” Thus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate firmly supports interreligious dialogue.
Bonaventure University and studied in the Master of Arts in Systematic Theology and Master of Divinity programs at the Washington Theological Union. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St.