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Why Can’t They All Just Get Along?

Nov 19, 2008

As the saying goes, “Jaw jaw is better than war war.” Thus getting warring factions together to talk through their differences instead of killing one another is a good thing. Discussion is better than warfare. This can apply to interfaith

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Islam and Fifth Columns

Nov 10, 2008

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, four columns of insurgent forces approached Madrid, while a ‘fifth column’ of supporters was inside the city, seeking to undermine the Republican government from within.

The term became popular after then, especially during

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The Offence of the Gospel

Jun 13, 2008

Preaching the biblical gospel is offensive. All true believers should know this. Jesus offended many with his message. The New Testament speaks about the offence of the gospel in various places. Paul talked about the “offence of the cross” (Gal.

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On Muslim/Christian Relations

Mar 22, 2008

A few days ago there were press reports about Anglican and Catholic churches hosting Muslims during the Easter celebrations. Sponsored by the Australian Intercultural Society, the reports said that the aim was to help promote better understanding between Christians and

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How Much Common Ground is There?

Feb 6, 2008

Since releasing the document A Common Word late last year, a number of Christian groups and individuals have jumped on board, expressing their agreement with the thrust of the document. A Common Word was released by Muslim leaders in an

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How to Think About “A Common Word”

Nov 19, 2007

Last month a number of leading Muslims issued the document “A Common Word Between Us and You.” The letter, delivered to world Christian leaders, was from 138 prominent Muslim imams and scholars. It urged Christians and Muslims to find common

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Will Appeasement Save the Church?

Sep 24, 2006

There is a place for religious dialogue. There is a limited place for interfaith discussion. All religionists should be treated with respect, and religious freedom and freedom of conscience must be championed. Having said that, not all religions are equal,

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Why the Pope Was Right

Sep 20, 2006

An editorial in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (September 19, 2006) nicely makes the case for why the remarks recently uttered by the pope were needed. Entitled, “Benedict the Brave,” it laments what has now become a routine spectacle: “furious demands

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Right and Wrong Interfaith Dialogue

Sep 19, 2006

Most attempts at interfaith dialogue are doomed from the start, as they play down real differences between religions, and appeal to a lowest common denominator. As any serious student of the world’s major religions will attest, there exist very big

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