Do not dispute with the People of the
Book except by what is more beautiful, except for the wrongdoers
among them. Say: “We believe in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to you. Our God and your God is one, and
to him we submit.”
— Qur’an, Surat al-‘Ankabut (29):46
Jesus said: “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.” — New Testament, Matthew 7:3-5
Before destruction one's heart is haughty,
but humility goes before honor.
If someone answers before listening, that is folly and shame.
— Hebrew Bible, Proverbs 18:12-13
Central to the task of the Reconciliation Program is bridge-building scholarship on the critical social, political, moral/ethical and theological issues which sometimes divide Muslims and Christians, and on concerns which unite them.
Though contemporary social and political issues often seem most pressing in the glare of media coverage, it is perhaps the theological and moral/ethical issues which are most important to Muslim and Christian people of faith. Reconciliation Program research seeks to help Muslims and Christians to find common ground on issues where they frequently think no common ground exists. And in areas where they do disagree, it seeks to foster mutual understanding, so that differences may be construed with respect, sympathy and fairness.
On this page we offer draft articles on a number of important theological issues and political issues in Muslim-Christian dialogue. The list of issues here is far from exhaustive, and the articles represent just a tentative beginning, but they are offered by way of beginning a conversation which we hope will enrich all concerned.
Papers resulting from the work of the Reconciliation Program are available in the Resource Center.