Contemporary Christian-Muslim Dialogue Two Twenty-First Century Initiatives
This book introduces and examines the work of two significant 21st century Christian – Muslim dialogue initiatives – "Building Bridges" and the "Christian–Muslim Theological Forum" – and gives close attention to five theological themes that have been addressed in common by them.
An overview and analysis, including inception, development, outputs and significance, together with discussion of the select themes – community, scripture, prophecy, prayer and ethics – allows for an in-depth examination of significant contemporary Muslim and Christian scholarship on issues important to both faith communities. The result is a challenging encounter to, arguably, a widespread default presumption of irredeemable mutual hostility and inevitable mutual rejection with instances of violent extremism as a consequence.
Demonstrating the reality that deep interreligious engagement is possible between the two faiths today, this book should appeal to a wide readership, including upper undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as professionals and practitioners in the field of Christian-Muslim relations.
1 Introduction: Christian–Muslim Dialogue
2 Two 21st Century Dialogue Initiatives
3 The Building Bridges Seminar
4 The Christian–Muslim Theological Forum
5 Community: The People of God
6 Scripture: Word and Witness of God
7 Prophecy: Proclaiming the Word of God
8 Prayer: Communing with God
9 Ethics: Responsibility and Justice
10 Conclusion: Signs and Significance