Theory after Dialogue: Christian-Muslim Engagement Today and Tomorrow

Pratt, George Douglas (2015). Theory after Dialogue: Christian-Muslim Engagement Today and Tomorrow. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 26(1), pp. 89-101. Routledge 10.1080/09596410.2014.965882

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The phenomenon of Christian–Muslim dialogue has had a very chequered history. At varying times, three broad modes of engagement can be said to have operated: antipathy, affinity and inquiry, and these three modes can be found still in today's world. In some places, hostility and antipathy abound. In others, voices and actions express cordial friendship, détente and affinity. In this latter climate, the prospect of engagement in mutual inquiry and cooperative ventures is not only theoretically possible, but actively pursued, and in the first decade of the twenty-first century, a number of notable initiatives in the arena of mutual inquiry have taken place. This article addresses aspects of the context and development of Christian–Muslim dialogue as a modern phenomenon, and then turns to a review of three twenty-first century developments – the Building Bridges seminar series; the Stuttgart-based Christian–Muslim Theological Forum and the “Common Word” letter. It also reflects on the models and theology of dialogue, including not only theology for dialogue, but also theology in and – importantly – after dialogue.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Old Catholic Theology [discontinued]

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Pratt, George Douglas


200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 280 Christian denominations
200 Religion > 290 Other religions








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26 May 2016 11:19

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