Comments on: Update on the “Common Word” call for Muslim-Christian dialogue Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Asinus Gravis Wed, 23 Jan 2008 21:16:40 +0000 The comments by “Realist” make it clear why this effort to facilitate peace is an almost impossible uphill struggle.

One can expect to get absolutely no where by insisting that leaders of another religion accept uniquely Christian doctrines such as the Incarnation and Trinity at the beginning, middle, or end of the discussions.

Sincere apologies for wrongs done are not a quid-pro-quo deal. You do something wrong, they you should own up to it and apologize, period. That is not contingent on someone else apologizing for something you think they did wrong.

Focusing so much on past events and actions is not productive to moving forward peacefully into the future. Finding common ground, values, goals, hopes is crucial.

By: Realist Wed, 23 Jan 2008 08:57:23 +0000 Certainly reciprocity, violence, and human rights should be discussed as fundamental for peaceful co-existence.The Blessed Trinity, the Incarnation, and the exact status of Holy Books are however issues fundamental for Christianity. Should Muslims apologise for their invasion of Palestine, North Africa, Spain, and France a thousand years ago then Christians could apologise for their counter attack in the Crusades.

By: oioi Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:39:36 +0000 The starting point of any dialogue must be that respect for man and associated core values is the first principle. The second principle should be that relegion is a purely private matter. The third principle is that reason is only way forward in a multicultural world and the reason should be consistent with core values.
If there is no agreement on these basic issues any dialogue is futile.