Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi-A Model of Interfaith Dialogue

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"Too often interfaith dialogue is generic and unfocused. Often it involves 'liberals' from each tradition coming together to criticize the 'conservatives' in their own traditions. This book provides a model for interfaith dialogue that challenges very directly the 'dialogue industry'." "This book involves a Christian theologian in deep conversation with a Muslim theologian. In the first eight chapters of this book, we engage closely with the thought of Nursi and tease out insights that Christians can learn from and accommodate." Having established the method, the second section of the book examines the precise implications for the interfaith movement. Moving out from Islam, the book then demonstrates how the model of interfaith changes when Christians are in conversation with Hinduism in India. A new set of Dialogue Ten Commandments are suggested. The book concludes with an appeal for a commitment to include and reach the 'conservatives' in the major religious traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754669319
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : Christian theology and Islam 3

2 Religious basis for ethics 7

3 Challenging atheism 23

4 Living life accountable 35

5 Faith first, politics second 43

6 Engaging religious diversity 53

7 Coping with globalization 67

8 Grounded spirituality : the challenge of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi 79

9 What Christians can learn from Bediuzzaman Said Nursi 95

10 The dialogue industry 105

11 Learning from India 115

12 A new Decalogue 131

13 Conservatives and dialogue : why it is essential to get conservatives excited about the dialogue project 145

14 Neither conservative nor liberal : a theology of Christian engagement with non-Christian traditions 159

15 Conclusion 175

Index 177

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