Download e-book for kindle: Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism by Paul L. Heck

By Paul L. Heck

ISBN-10: 158901507X

ISBN-13: 9781589015074

Christian-Muslim interplay is a fact this day in all corners of the globe. whereas many justly rejoice the commonality of those traditions, major adjustments stay. If those religions can't be simply separated, do we view them via a unmarried yet refracted lens? this can be the technique Paul L. Heck takes in universal Ground--to adopt a examine of non secular pluralism as a theological and social fact, and to strategy the 2 religions in tandem as a part of a broader dialogue at the nature of the great society. during this experience, ideals, whereas targeted, transcend doctrines unusual to a suite of believers. to contemplate Christianity and Islam jointly isn't to match and distinction "species" of faith. extra profoundly, spiritual pluralism deals a prism wherein a society as a whole--secular and spiritual alike--can give some thought to its middle ideals and values. Christianity and Islam aren't "identities" that mark of specific groups, yet reference issues that each one can understand and talk about knowledgeably. This research of the way Islam and Christianity comprehend theology, ethics, and politics--specifically, democracy and human rights--offers a fashion for that dialogue to maneuver ahead.

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In short, it is a sacrificial meal, operating by altruistic contribution. It offers a concrete way to participate in sanctity, a life for God, a way to live what the saint lives. The meal, which the saint mediates, represents a collective offering to God, service to God, a way to experience a life in which worldly calculations are put aside. The saint’s presence ensures that such work is more than the action of dogooders but a lived experience of sanctification through sacrifice. The acts of self-sacrifice involved in the preparation of the meal take on greater meaning in the presence of the saint, endowing them with a quality of sanctity that they would not normally have.

The various accoutrements of the old covenant—land, temple, law—all seemed to be despoiled by foreign rule of one kind or another. It was up to God to preserve the covenant for the sake of his holy name, and Christianity became fulfillment of God’s promise of redeeming his people by means of his suffering servant. It is in this sense that the crucifixion has meaning for Christians as fulfillment of prophecy. Jesus is not fulfillment of prophecy in the general sense of calling people to worship God but in the particular sense of completing the ritual sacrifice that had failed its purposes.

He is not tribal deity or ancestral spirit within a pantheon of deities, but the one apart from whom there is no other. However, in emphasizing different strands of the prophetic heritage, Christianity and Islam end with different depictions of Jesus. In both, he is agent of sanctity in his work of fulfilling prophecy. But Christians do not view him simply as fulfillment of prophecy in the sense of sainthood in Islam, that is, perfect worship of God and corresponding manifestation of his attributes as disclosed by the prophecy of Islam.

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