Christian Foundations for Interfaith Dialogue
Posted on 23/1/2014
People are talking about peace, contentment, ecology, justice, tolerance, and dialogue. Unfortunately, the prevailing materialist worldview disturbs the balance between humanity and nature and within individuals. This harmony and peace only occurs when the material and spiritual realms are reconciled.
Religion reconciles opposites: religion-science, this world-the next world, Nature-Divine Books, material-spiritual, and spirit-body. It can contain scientific materialism, put science in its proper place, and end long-standing conflicts. The natural sciences, which should lead people to God, instead cause widespread unbelief. As this trend is strongest in the West, and because Christianity is the most influenced, Muslim-Christian dialogue is indispensable.
Interfaith dialogue seeks to realize religion’s basic oneness and unity, and the universality of belief. Religion embraces all beliefs and races in brotherhood, and exalts love, respect, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy, human rights, peace, brotherhood, and freedom via its Prophets.
Islam has a Prophetic Tradition that Jesus will return during the last days. For Muslims, this means that such values as love, peace, brotherhood, forgiveness, altruism, mercy, and spiritual purification will have precedence. As Jesus was sent to the Jews and all Jewish Prophets exalted these values, dialogue with the Jews must be established, as well as a closer relationship and cooperation among Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. There are many common points for dialogue.
(Source from: https://www.fountainmagazine.com/Issue/detail/The–Necessity-Of-Interfaith-Dialogue)
The Rev. Dr. John LeMond is an Associate Professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong, and a Consultant to the Bridge and Dialogue Division of the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre. Dr. LeMond teaches church history, world religions and interreligious dialouge, and is a member of the organizing committee of the Hong Kong Network on Religion and Peace. He has lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years.
Time: 23rd Jan 2014 – 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Venue: 909 C C Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai Hong Kong
*Refreshments will be served before the Lecture
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