Our mission is to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among Muslims and Christians through academic and community dialogue grounded in the Qur'anic and Christian traditions. The dialogue flows from the belief that Muslims and Christians worship the same God (cf. Nostra Aetate click here to view document), who is at work in both faiths. Our focus is primarily theological, rather than political, because our two faiths have so much in common theologically.
Our method of dialogue is to begin by articulating what Muslims and Christians hold in common. Next we identify and explicate points where we differ. Third, we identify the points where further discussion would be promising. This method of beginning with what is held in common, explicating differences, and then identifying points for further discussion has produced great fruit over the years in Christian ecumenical dialogue. We hope it will be equally fruitful in Muslim-Christian dialogue.
At this point we are sponsoring a number of projects. (1) dialogue between the local Muslim and Christian community. (2) dialogue between Muslim and Christian students. (3) Sponsoring local and national speakers and panels (4) a book on The Morality of War in Islam and Christianity, being written by Muslim and Christian scholars. (5) expanding our website which will contain information on what Christians and Muslims believe about a range of topics--God, Revelation, Prophecy, Jesus, Mohammad, Peace, War, etc. (6) greater integration of courses and topics related to Islam into the curriculum.
“And dispute ye not with the People of the Book except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong and injury: But say: 'We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which has come down to you; Our God and your God is one; and it is to Him We bow (in Islam).'”
The Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center condemns
terrorism in any form.