Which Religion Will Win? An End to Triumphalism in Muslim-Christian Relations
Lecture by Dr. Scott Alexander, Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Date & Time:
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Alumni Hall North (ASC 378A)
University of St. Thomas Saint Paul campus
Christianity and Islam share certain similar features. One is that they have both been characterized as "predatory religions" that set their adherents at odds, not only with one another, but with people of a variety of different faiths (or no particular faith at all). Some theologians have argued that this common feature stems from the universal truth claims of both traditions--claims which logically impel Christians and Muslims to seek local and even global domination. The way out of this problem, they say, is for both Christians and Muslims to engage in a radical revision of these claims. This presentation asks whether this is the only way out, or whether reframing the problem allows for a different approach and a different solution.
Dr. Alexander is a regular consultant on Catholic-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the author of a number of articles on Islamic history and religion and Christian-Muslim Relations. His most recent book project is entitled The Race to Goodness: an End to Triumphalism in Christian-Muslim Relations. He is a member of the advisory board of AKDİM (Antalya Kültürlerarası Diyalog Merkezi, tr. Antalya Center for Intercultural Dialogue) in Antalya, Turkey, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture.
In March of 2007, Dr. Alexander was one of five U.S. scholars to be awarded an Association of Theological Schools Lilly Faculty Fellowship in support of his research and writing. Beyond his extensive work with the Muslim community in Chicago and the U.S., Dr. Alexander also has first-hand experience with Muslim communities in the traditional Muslim world and is currently working to expand the outreach of CTU’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program to similar programs in Nigeria, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Sponsored by the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas
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