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By Christian W. Troll, C.T.R. Hewer

This e-book captures the autobiographical reflections of twenty-eight Christians who have been among those that, within the wake of the second one Vatican Council (1962-65) and projects of the area Council of church buildings, devoted their lives to the learn of Islam and to sensible Christian-Muslim family members in new and irenic methods. They checklist what drew them into the examine of Islam, how their careers built, what sustained them during this paintings and salient milestones alongside the best way. those women and men come from a dozen nationalities and around the spectrum of the Western Church. Their money owed take us to 25 nations and into all of the branches of Islamic reports: Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a, Sufism, philology, theology and philosophy. they vary in age from late-forties to late-nineties and so have a wealth of expertise to percentage. they provide interesting insights into own encounters with Islam and Muslims, communicate of the ways that their Christian traditions of religious education shaped and nourished them, and care for a few of the misunderstandings and competition that they have got confronted alongside the way in which. In an analytical end, the editors draw out subject matters and tips in the direction of destiny advancements. one of these constellation has now not existed prior to and won't be visible back for a minimum of part a century. Theirs is a special new release and this is often their thought of contribution to the kingdom of Christian-Muslim engagement this day.

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My tale contains personal, ecumenical, apologetic, cultural, political, and theological dimensions. Not every dimension gets equal emphasis. I will not repeat what I have written elsewhere or if need be only briefly in order to avoid incoherence. It is not a story only about me, because being a Christian implies being part of the Church, as a worldwide community, with a history and a future, a household of faith with many mansions. In this household I played only a minor part. Moreover in my contacts with Muslims I did not present myself as a “reformed” Christian but as simply a Christian linked ecumenically with many others and rooted in the same apostolic faith that was formulated by the ecumenical councils of the ancient church.

Quoted in Everyman’s Dictionary of Quotations and Proverbs, compiled by D. C. Browning (London: J. M. , 1952), 146, item 1919. indd 26 7/27/2012 11:54:19 AM God-Consciousness 27 These occasions bore witness to the African concept of a common humanity that manifests itself in so many ways. This commonality was underpinned by the use of a common language, Swahili. 14 This made for a much easier and natural communication and understanding between them. These experiences and lessons led to an ever-greater consciousness of the similarity and common heritage Muslims and Christians have above all in their respective scriptures, etymologically and linguistically, and by implication, spiritually.

I always replied by affirming unambiguously my faith in a God at once triune and singular. Theologians will no doubt judge my argument to be simplistic: God being the Father, expresses himself through an incarnate Word, to which he remains united by the Spirit of Holiness; all the while realizing full well that my explanation still had no real meaning for the person listening. I learnt, however, to beware of any show of what could be understood as obvious “Christolatry,” a form of polytheism or associationism for which Christians were blamed by some Muslims, whose faith was not fully educated.

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