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Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging with Islam
     

Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging with Islam

by Sarah Coakley
 

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Many encounters between people of different religions are marked by an initial sense of incompetence, ignorance and fear-- of getting it wrong, of causing offence, of ulterior motives. Such fears are here explored honestly, in stories of actual situations and relationships - often unexpected, sometimes funny, invariably profound.Friendship is presented as a public

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Many encounters between people of different religions are marked by an initial sense of incompetence, ignorance and fear-- of getting it wrong, of causing offence, of ulterior motives. Such fears are here explored honestly, in stories of actual situations and relationships - often unexpected, sometimes funny, invariably profound.Friendship is presented as a public rather than merely a private phenomenon, enabling relations of trust and depth to develop and leading to the possibility of authentic talk and reciprocity of respect and courtesy. It emerges as a risky venture in learning how to be human, involving honest negotiation, self-sacrifice and a seeking after the truth. It can enable people to address the fears that so often prohibit inter-religious encounters from deepening beyond the superficial. A strong underlying theme is how the Church of England can contribute to social cohesion in a religiously pluralistic society, even if local clergy and congregations at first feel untrained or wary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441196590
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
274 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, UK and was previously Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, USA. She was an assistant curate at Littlemore, Oxford, for 7 years after her ordination in 2000 and is currently a minor canon of Ely Cathedral.

Frances Ward is Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and is an inter-faith specialist. She was formerly a Canon of Bradford Cathedral.
Sarah Coakley is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, UK and was previously Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, USA. She was an assistant curate at Littlemore, Oxford, for 7 years after her ordination in 2000 and is currently an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.
Frances Ward is Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and is an inter-faith specialist. She was formerly a Canon of Bradford Cathedral.

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