Spring Clergy Study Day: Islam and Christianity
Islam & Christianity
Date & Time:
10:00 AM - 3:00 AM April 18th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Mendota
Dr. William Stevenson will give a presentation on the nature of Islam and its history and development. He will provide perspective on why Islam and Christianity have clashed through the centuries and the various theological denominations and philosophies and secular influences that have shaped Islam. Dr. Stevenson will also discuss how we as Christians can relate to the Muslim community through understanding their experience and perspective on Christ and Christianity and the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as from the perspective of our Catholic faith and the new evangelization.
Dr. Stevenson is professor of theology at The Saint Paul Seminary. He a member of the British Association for Islamic Studies and gave a paper this spring at the the BRAIS International Conference in Chester, England entitled "The Meaning of the Imamate in the Monistic Eschatology of Nasr al-Din Tusi." He was also invited to give a paper titled “Classical Political Rationalism and Qur’anic Revelation in al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness" at the International Conference on Justice and Ethics at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, Iran. Last fall Dr. Stevenson gave a talk on Catholicism and Shi'a Islam at the Imam Hussein Islamic Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Currently, he is the editor of an English translation of a book on Shi'a ethics. He will also be writing the Introduction to the English edition of that text. Last November he worked with Sheikh Odeh Muhawesh to host the Shi'a community and interested non-Muslims in a Qur'an study at the University of St. Thomas, led by Sheikh Muhawesh. Dr. Stevenson is a member of the Archdiocesan Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.