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Report: Bishop of Arabia responds to Muslim scholars’ letter

November 23, 2007

From Catholic News Agency:

The Muslims’ letter, titled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” sought to build on common ground shared between the Muslim and Christian faiths. It compared texts from the Bible and the Koran to argue that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. It said both religions believe in “the primacy of total love and devotion to God,” and both value love of neighbor and a peaceful world.

The bishop asked for clarification about whether the love of God and the love of neighbor have the same meaning in both religions. He linked Christian love of neighbor to the human dignity of each person and his or her right to grow in freedom.

He noted that for Christians love of neighbor extends to love of enemy, even if that person is of a different religion.

Bishop Hinder linked the questions about love of neighbor to the lack of any Jewish leaders addressed by the Muslim scholars’ letter. “I am surprised that it is addressed to Christian leaders only and not also to the Jewish leaders. Is it not a missed opportunity?” he asked.

Further, he emphasized the uniqueness of Christ against Muslim interpretations, which see him as one of many prophets. “Christians cannot simply see Jesus Christ as one among other prophets, but profess him in his divinity as the living Son of God within the belief in One God in three Persons,” he wrote.

Full report here.

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