Question: I was raised as a Christian. I can understand the relationship of Christianity to Judaism, but I wonder what you think of Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism? Some very great people have embraced those religions. What do you think happens when they die? — R., via email@example.com
Answer: I agree with you that all the great wisdom traditions have much to teach us about virtue, salvation (and really delicious holiday food!). I'm also proud to be a believer in Judaism, which teaches that after death the righteous of all nations will have a share in the world to come (heaven).
The specific theological issues raised by each faith remain for each of us to ponder. The most problematic belief of Christianity for many stems from Jesus' statement: "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) And in Acts 4:12, the Apostle Peter says of Christ: "There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved."