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Engaging with Muslims through dialogue

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2022, 15(2), pp.7-41
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2022.15.2.7
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : August 23, 2022
  • Accepted : September 27, 2022
  • Published : September 30, 2022

Makram Ghatas Ishak 1

1콘티넨탈 신학교

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ABSTRACT

Religions are supposed to be a force for peace and reconciliation; however, history tells religious violence and war stories. Although crusading was not exclusively responsible for the deterioration of relations between Christianity and Islam, it could be seen at least by Muslims, as a series of military campaigns fought mainly between Christian Europe and Muslims. The Muslim’s religiously motivated attacks on the West that are condemned by the majority might be interpreted by some writers as a ‘clash between civilizations.’ Ignorance may lead to intolerance, and conflicts that may promote fundamentalism and radical beliefs. Muslims are no longer the people who live somewhere; they are almost everywhere in the world and are there to stay. This significant change has led to increasingly pluralistic, multi-faith societies that ought to live together. Could dialogue make a first noteworthy step to assessing stable relations? Could developing different modes of interfaith dialogue enhance developing greater mutual understanding that leads to a better engagement with Muslims? Could radicals be engaged as well? Furthermore, Islam in particular includes teachings in its texts about Biblical Prophets and Biblical Theology that could enhance the necessity of interfaith dialogue. In addition, Islam and Christianity are mission-minded. Dialogue may reduce suspicion on both sides. This paper aims to answer these questions concerning engaging with Muslims through dialogue. It intends to set some amerce to avoid two extremes. Firstly, the claim that one faith (Christianity or Islam) holds the truth and the other needs to listen. Secondly, the passive position held by some is that both faiths are similar and use different ways to reach the same ultimate goal.

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