December 2006 issue & great quote on Muslims

Hi All,

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been quiet lately, it’s because I haven’t had any new CW issues to digest. Today I’ve just received the December 2006 issue and God willing I will have a digest posted within the next several days.

But the December 2006 issue carried a beautiful quote from the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate on the similar beliefs of Christians and Muslims. It’s not quite a full article and its not easy to summarize. Since it is a quote from a church document, I’ll break from my usual practice and reproduce it in full:


3. The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,[1] who has also spoken to men. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the bidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they worship Jesus as a prophet, his virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms­deeds and fasting.

Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.

Nostra Aetate has never been withdrawn by the church hierarchy and therefore represents the current position of the Roman Catholic Church.

Anyone who wishes to dialog on the relative violence between Christian and Muslim scripture must be fully conversant with the books of Genesis, Exodus and especially Joshua before commenting. Sadly all of the children of Abraham have a good deal of blood on their hands. We should spend time washing our ourselves before smugly accusing others.

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