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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Muslim-Christian Relations

In the most recent issue of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, the Antiochian Orthodox theologian Theodore Pulcini reviewed Mahmoud Ayoub's A Muslim View Of Christianity: Essays on Dialogue,

noting that the book is an extremely careful and thoughtful discussion of the deep theological differences between Christianity and Islam. The book pays special attention to Eastern Christians. Such dialogue between members of the two faiths, Pulcini argued in his review, is likely going to be ever more important as the twenty-first century continues to unfold.

One such recent effort to continue that dialogue comes in Waleed El-Ansary and David K. Linnan, eds., Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of "A Common Word" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), 300pp.

This book includes a a chapter on the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its role in Muslim-Christian dialogue written by John Chryssavgis.

The publisher further tells us that
This book explores “A Common Word Between Us and You,” a high-level ongoing Christian-Muslim dialogue process. The Common Word process was commenced by leading Islamic scholars and intellectuals as outreach in response to the Pope’s much criticized Regensburg address of 2007, and brings to the fore, in the interest of developing a meaningful peace, how the Islamic and Christian communities representing well over half of the world's population might agree on love of God and love of neighbor as common beliefs.

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