By Douglas Pratt
Why did the Christian Church, within the 20th century, have interaction in discussion with Islam? What has been the ecumenical event? what's occurring now? Such questions underlie Douglas Pratt’s Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical trips in view that 1910. Pratt charts contemporary Christian (WCC and Vatican) engagement with Islam as much as the early twenty first century and examines the ecumenical projects of Africa’s PROCMURA, ‘Building Bridges’, and the German ‘Christian-Muslim Theological Forum’, including responses to the 2007 ‘Common be aware’ letter.
Between them, Islam and Christianity characterize over part the earth’s inhabitants. Their heritage of interplay, optimistic and detrimental, affects broadly nonetheless at the present time. Contentious concerns stay actual sufficient, but the tale and ongoing fact of up to date Christian-Muslim engagement is either fascinating and inspiring.
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Extra resources for Christian Engagement With Islam. Ecumenical Journeys Since 1910
From 1910 onwards, ecumenical Christianity not only addressed internal issues pertaining to theology, self-understanding, and inter-church relations, it also engaged with wider social issues and concerns including the question of the relationship to peoples of other faiths. Ecumenical engagement with Islam emerged with, and out of, this modern-era turn of the Christian Church toward interreligious dialogue and interfaith relations per se. What happened, and why? What have been some of the salient points of development?
In order to give the fuller context to ecumenical relations with Islam during the twentieth century, and especially with regards to matters of inception and early dialogue developmental trajectory, it will be necessary to look, albeit briefly, at the broader situation of ecumenical engagement in interreligious dialogue and, indeed, to begin with the nineteenth century in order to provide some background context. Accordingly, I commence this chapter with a review of some of the salient nineteenth century features, then examine developments in the dialogical engagement of ecumenical Christianity with Islam during the twentieth century.
Mallett (Eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Vol. 5 (1350-1500) (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2013), pp. 421428. Kimball, Striving, p. 44. Christian Encounters with Islam: An Historical Precursor 23 before him Dante (1265-1321),41 gave colourful and vehement expression to this perspective. 42 Nonetheless, people such as Nicholas attempted a Christian exegesis of the texts of the Qurʾān to show that, deep down, the Qurʾān agrees with Christianity. But then they would go on to prove the superiority of Christianity over Islam.
Christian Engagement With Islam. Ecumenical Journeys Since 1910 by Douglas Pratt