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Is Interreligious Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims Possible?

A Religious Studies @ OSU event with Joseph Corrado

Friday, March 7, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

At the beginning of the 21st century, of the world's five great, enduring religions, the two youngest are also the two most dogmatic - the two least likely to be able to conduct a dialogue with genuine and mutual respect.  Today, Christianity and Islam are the clearest examples of creedalism - and thereby, the two religious groups least likely to seek or be able to sustain effective discourse that goes beyond mere tolerance. 

But the press of historical and current geopolitical events provokes especially Christians and Muslims to develop more effective dialogue. Each of these evangelical religions claims to have the "master narrative" for the way things are. The ironic and grave conclusion: it seems that the two religious groups that most need to talk successfully with each other today are the two least likely to be able to do so!

Today, some Muslims speak of jihad as the only response for the outrages committed by the "Crusader" Christians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, and elsewhere. At the same time, some Christians speak of the Prophet or Islam as the anti-Christ. It is clear to all that grave consequences could follow from decline or diminishment in effective dialogues between the peoples of Islam and Christianity.

 Joseph Corrado is an instructor in religion, ethics and logic at Portland Community College. 

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Robert Peckyno
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robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion