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A nationally renowned author, activist, speaker and peace advocate, Dr. David Carlson seeks to create solidarity among peoples of faith and others in an ongoing campaign to work together to advocate for world peace. Through his frequent speaking engagements and prolific writings-both in book and article formats, Dr. Carlson continues to forge a spiritual friendship movement that transcends religious boundaries to witness for peace while offering a meaningful response to religious violence. Dr. Carlson's message of reconciliation and understanding through interfaith dialogue speaks to the scores of people who desire to know followers of other religions in their quest to live in a more peaceful world.

Based on the universal belief that the neighbor has sacred value, Dr. Carlson harnesses the power of the spiritual friendship movement between Muslims and Christians to quell suspicion and hostility and instead encourage people of diverse walks of life to come together with humility and grace.

"The future of religion in the world will either be to build walls of separation and suspicion or to build bridges of understanding and encouragement. I have found a hunger on the part of peoples of faith to come to know one another and to encourage one another, which is another way of saying that many people are looking for bridges."
~~David Carlson


Against the backdrop of violent extremism, most notably perpetrated by ISIS/ISIL, Dr. Carlson writes and speaks on the topic of collectively grieving whenever our American Muslim neighbors are treated with suspicion and even hatred, especially in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11. In his eloquent prayer offerings and thoughtful radio and TV interviews, Dr. Carlson urges against anti-Muslim sentiment in our country. Instead he suggests we respond to the divine in others so we can build bonds of trust and mutual respect among peoples of different faiths and belief systems.

As exemplified in his 2011 book, Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World, Dr. Carlson advocates for discovering a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions - especially Islam. "It is time for Christians to use their power to change the conversation and to ponder Jesus' command to treat the stranger as our neighbor and to treat our neighbor not only as ourselves, but as God in our midst," Dr. Carlson writes in his book.

An author and religious studies professor at Franklin College - an Indiana liberal arts college, Dr. Carlson continues to underscore this same theme of interfaith dialogue and religious comity in his upcoming nonfiction book, Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships, which was published in April 2017.

We invite you to explore this website further to see for yourself how Dr. Carlson continues to change hearts and minds in his quest to witness publicly whenever religion is abused for violent purposes.

New Book Release! => "Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships"
(April 2017)


"Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships" (New City Press, 2017) studies and proposes a more heightened interfaith opportunity, one where ongoing spiritual friendships between persons of diverse faiths lead to encouragement of one another.

In a time of religious extremism and fear of the other, "Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships" offers hope and practical strategies for building lasting bridges between persons of faith. The flame of light on the cover of the book symbolizes what this book promotes-light in the midst of darkness.

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