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By Douglas Pratt

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ISBN-13: 9789004338012

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Why did the Christian Church, within the 20th century, have interaction in discussion with Islam? What has been the ecumenical adventure? what's occurring now? Such questions underlie Douglas Pratt’s Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical trips due to the fact 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 observe’ letter.

Between them, Islam and Christianity symbolize over part the earth’s inhabitants. Their historical past of interplay, optimistic and unfavorable, affects generally nonetheless this present day. Contentious matters stay actual sufficient, but the tale and ongoing truth of up to date Christian-Muslim engagement is either interesting and inspiring.

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Ariarajah, Hindus and Christians, p. 45. Ariarajah, Hindus and Christians, p. 51. Cf. Pranger, Dialogue in Discussion, p. 46. 36 Chapter 3 Lausanne, Switzerland. Thus, by the late twenties, there were three organisational strands of activity – IMC, L&W, and F&O – that focussed Christian concern and galvanised ecumenical action. Missionary issues and activities; engagements in wider issues of contemporary Christian life; and the need to address doctrinal matters had given rise to concomitant institutional arrangements.

Indeed, this era was a time of dramatic geographic expansion of the Christian West’s Old World into the New World. It also saw the emergence of Europe into modern nation states. Geo-political change was dramatic and far-reaching. ’35 It was also the time of the European wars of religion and of huge change wrought by the Reformation of the Christian West. It marks the emergence of the modern era, or the age of modernity. Christianity, in this context, became absorbed with its own internal problems, its own encounters and clashes, and this resulted in an era of relative indifference towards Islam, although the inclination to see Islam as ‘just another heresy that had to be eradicated, by violence if need be’ persisted 33 34 35 See Harvey Hames, ‘Ramon Llull’, in Thomas and Mallett (Eds), Christian-Muslim Relations.

55 In the post-war era much had changed; yet in many ways little had changed – or else it was yet to change. As Brockway remarks, ‘the charge continued to be made – and not only by Jews – that it was illegit­imate, if not un-Christian, for Jews to be targeted for conversion. 56 Issues were not just pragmatic; there were also serious theological questions although, for the most part, they were never properly or substantially addressed. Though Christian opposition to antisemitism could only be of benefit to the wel­fare of Jews, it provided a way for the Church to sweep the theological signifi­cance of the Jewish peo­ple under the carpet.

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