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A Muslim’s View of the Gospel & A Christian’s View of the Qur’an
June 6 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The St James’ Institute presents: A Muslim’s View of the Gospel & A Christian’s View of the Qur’an
Sunday 6 June | 2:00pm-4:00pm | St James’ Hall | $25
This event is co-sponsored with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy Australia.
Muslims and Christians have a lot in common. They worship one God. They regard Jesus as a divinely-sent prophet and the Messiah. They esteem Mary. Prayer and justice-seeking are core practices of both faiths. But they also have differences, including their scriptures. While the Qur’an and Bible have some similar stories, these stories are interpreted in different ways by Christians and Muslims.
Are religious differences a roadblock to learning from one another’s holy books?
This interreligious session begins in friendship. Based on their years of personal conversations about Muslim–Christian relations, Mehmet and Aaron will candidly explore the possibility of whether Christians can appreciate the Qur’an and Muslims the New Testament.
Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp is an Islamic theologian and founding director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation. Dr Aaron Ghiloni is the director of the St James’ Institute and author of Islam as Education: Pedagogies of Pilgrimage, Prophecy, and Jihad. Both are experienced leaders of interreligious dialogues and members of the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology.