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Side By Side


“The twenty-first century may well be defined by interfaith relationships,” Charles Kimball observes in the foreword to “Side by Side: Being Christian in a Multifaith World,” the newly released book by retired Central Baptist Seminary professor and pastor Richard P. Olson.

In only a few decades, the United States has transformed from a largely Christian nation to the most religiously diverse country in the world. In his new book, Olson reflects on Christian discipleship in this new interreligious scenario.

Reading the Gospels in this changing context, Olson invites readers to live out their faith with respect, love and regard for those who follow a different religious path.

In a conversational style, the author shares a personal journey of encounters, experiences and readings, focusing on Christian relations with Jews, Muslims and the “spiritual but not religious,” as well as on navigating disagreements and conflict among Christian traditions.

The book (192 pp., $16.99) is available now at