What makes a sacred text

A man reads from the Guru Granth Sahib (source: sikh-history.com)

A man reads from the Guru Granth Sahib (source: sikh-history.com)

In the Huffington Post, Joshua Stanton, of the Center for Global Judaism, explores what makes a text sacred:

Humans sanctify themselves not in the passive resonance they feel with stories that transcend time, but in the active engagement and re-crafting of these stories through the questioning of premises, derivation of overarching truths, and a willingness to unweave and reweave these initial narratives in forms that more closely resemble that which we understand to be ultimate meaning.

The Sikh faith is centered around the Guru Granth Sahib, which was authored and compiled by the Gurus of the Sikhs directly in the beginning of the 17th century. Beyond a sacred text, the Guru Granth Sahib is uniquely recognized by the Sikhs as our living Guru today since the passing of Guru Gobind Singh in 1708.

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