By Reuven Firestone, James L. Heft, Omid Safi
Positive interreligious discussion is simply a contemporary phenomenon. until eventually the 19th century, such a lot discussion between believers was once carried on as a debate aimed both to disprove the claims of the opposite, or to transform the opposite to one's personal culture. on the finish of the 19th century, Protestant Christian missionaries of other denominations had created this kind of cacophony among themselves within the project fields that they made up our minds that it'd be most sensible in the event that they might start to triumph over their very own modifications rather than complicated or even scandalizing the folk whom they have been attempting to convert. by way of the center of the 20th century, the horrors of the Holocaust forced Christians, specially mainline Protestants and Catholics, to go into right into a critical discussion with Jews, one of many effects of which was once the elimination of claims through Christians to have changed Judaism, and revising textual content books that communicated that message to Christian believers.
Now, before everything of the twenty-first century, many branches of Christianity, no longer least the Catholic Church, are engaged in a world-wide confident discussion with Muslims, made all of the extra important via the terrorist assaults of September eleven. In those new conversations, Muslim non secular leaders took a big initiative once they despatched their record, ''A universal be aware among Us,'' to all Christians within the West. it's a rare rfile, for it makes a theological argument (various Christians within the West, together with officers on the Vatican, have claimed ''theological conversation'' with Muslims isn't attainable) in keeping with texts drawn from the Hebrew Bible, the recent testomony and the Qur'an, that Jewish, Christian, and Muslim believers percentage the God-given legal responsibility to like God and every different in peace and justice.
The Institute for complicated Catholic experiences introduced jointly a world crew of 16 Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim students to hold on an immense theological exploration of the topic of ''learned ignorance.''