Ames Interfaith Council Program Explores Christian-Muslim Relations

By Gillespie, Michael | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Ames Interfaith Council Program Explores Christian-Muslim Relations


Gillespie, Michael, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Dr. Jane Smith of Hartford Seminary and Prof. Edward Gaffney of Valparaiso University School of Law were featured speakers at the Ames Interfaith Council's Oct. 22 fall program at the Iowa State University (ISU) campus.

Smith, co-director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, discussed "The Perils and Pleasures of Interfaith Encounter." "A very big challenge on our agenda," she said, "is the growing number of evangelicals who are not interested in dialogue, and the shrinking number of liberal Christians who are interested in interfaith dialogue."

Even Christians who are interested in interfaith dialogue, Smith pointed out, sometimes make assumptions that turn out to be counterproductive. Illustrating some of the pitfalls of interfaith encounter, Smith described some of the ways in which Christians, often inadvertently, offend Muslims and members of other faith traditions.

Some Muslim women have complained that well-intentioned Christian women are sometimes perceived as trying to liberate Muslim women from their religion, said Smith, and Muslim women generally don't want to be part of that.

Other Christians have structured interfaith encounters in ways that are not conducive to dialogue, she noted, by wanting "to talk about salvation or redemption or other concepts that work for Christians but. don't quite work for Muslims."

Most Muslims are not interested in having that conversation, said Smith, until it is structured in a way that addresses their, concerns, too.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Ames Interfaith Council Program Explores Christian-Muslim Relations
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?