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Christians, Muslims seek ‘common ground’ at historic US conference

ICC Note: This is the first dialogue meeting between Christian and Muslim leaders after 138 Muslims sent an open letter to Christian leaders last year.

by Katherine T Phan, Christian Post
7/28/08 Islam (ChristianToday.com) – Top Christian and Muslim leaders will convene today at America’s Yale University for a historic conference that is expected to promote understanding and peace between Christianity and Islam on an unprecedented level.

The conference will explore “Loving God and Neighbour in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians”, whilst closed-session workshops will focus on peace.

The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.

The letter, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You”, urged followers of the two faiths to find “common ground” in the love of God and engage in more sincere discussions on peace rather than simply just “polite ecumenical dialogue” between certain religious leaders.

Yale scholars responded with a statement that pledged more open dialogue to “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another”.

Some 500 Christian leaders – including prominent Christians including Saddleback pastor Rick Warren, theologian John Stott, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson – endorsed the Yale statement.

Several later withdrew their names from the letter following criticism by respected theologians.

R Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, disagreed with key points raised in the letter because he felt they compromised the Christian faith. He said that amid calls for love in a common God, the letter “failed to clearly define the Christian understanding of God as the Trinity”…[Go To Full Story]