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I was invited to participate in a forum on Creationism in the NY Times. You can find the whole conversation here. (Note that a subscription is required after 10 free articles a month.
Here is my contribution:
I have often stated that one of the best ways for Christians, especially seminarians, to explore and better understand the doctrinal controversies of the Christian faith is to study Islam. In my experience, most students' eyes roll when faced with being forced to read 100 pages about the Trinitarian and Christological controviersies of the 3rd, 4th and 5th centuries. Yet, while such issues may be considered arcane by 21st century American society (and students), they are still very relevant when it comes to the Christian-Muslim encounter.
It’s the Holy Month of Ramadan, a month of fasting for Muslims. This month commemorates when God revealed the first Revelation to Muhammad in 610 CE. It is also intended to be a daily reminder to Muslims to be in solidarity with those who hunger or thirst. The daily hunger pains and cracked lips, especially during the long hot days of the summer, certainly are a spiritual and physical challenge. But, like most religious holidays, it is also about gathering in community.
The following "open letters" were written in response to questions about the current situation in Egypt. They address questions about the popular demonstrations calling for President Muhammad Morsi to step down.
The first is from recently returned ELCA long term mission personnel, the Rev. Mark Nygard. The second letter is from Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, the General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services. The third letter is from Ahmed Emad El Din Hamzaa, teacher at the American University in Cairo.
ELCA NEWS SERVICE
June 26, 2013
ELCA works to provide relief to people
internally displaced in Syria