Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism

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Georgetown University Press, 2009 - Religion - 240 pages
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Christian-Muslim interaction is a reality today in all corners of the globe, but while many celebrate the commonality of these traditions, significant differences remain. If these religions cannot be easily reconciled, can we perhaps view them through a single albeit refractive lens? This is the approach Paul Heck takes in Common Ground: To undertake a study of religious pluralism as a theological and social reality, and to approach the two religions in tandem as part of a broader discussion on the nature of the good society. Rather than compare Christianity and Islam as two species of faith, religious pluralism offers a prism through which a society as a wholeOCosecular and religious alikeOCocan consider its core beliefs and values. Christianity and Islam are not merely identities that designate particular communities, but reference points that all can comprehend and discuss knowledgeably. This analysis of how Islam and Christianity understand theology, ethics, and politicsOCospecifically democracy and human rightsOCooffers a way for that discussion to move forward.
 

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Contents

Religious Pluralism Today
1
Does the Quran Belong in the Bible?
7
How Much Good News Can We Take?
43
The Face of God A Social Good?
75
Jihad Is It Christian Too?
110
Islam More or Less Democratic than Christianity?
145
Gods Rights A Threat to Human Rights?
185
Islam Not a Separate Species
218
Index
225
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Paul L. Heck is an associate professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Construction of Knowledge in Islamic Civilization and editor of Sufism and Politics: The Power of Spirituality.

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