Thursday, January 24, 2008
John Piper on Dialog Between Christians and Muslims
Most of the blog's readers are no doubt already aware of the open letter entitled A Common Word Between Us and You, which was issued by a group of Muslim leaders back in October. This was later followed by a full-page advertisement in the New York Times, entitled Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You, which was written by several scholars at Yale Divinity School's Center for Faith and Culture and was signed by over 300 Christian leaders and scholars.
Well, not surprisingly, this "Christian" response left a lot to be desired, and John Piper has done a great job in the above video explaining why. I couldn't agree more with John on this issue, and I am indebted to Justin Taylor of the Between Two Worlds blog for bringing his response to my attention. Justin also offers another great recommendation for those who would like to hear more from John on these issues, a 2002 article entitled Tolerance, Truth-Telling, Violence, and Law: Principles for How Christians Should Relate to Those of Other Faiths.
Thanks, John, for you typical candor, common sense, and commitment to Scripture in your response to this increasingly important matter.