A record of the 2015 Building Bridges Seminar for leading Christian and Muslim scholars, this collection of essays explores the nature of divine and human agency through themes of creation's goal, humankind's dignity and task, and notions of sovereignty. Part I sets the context for the book with "Human Action within Divine Creation: A Muslim Perspective" by Mohsen Kadivar of Duke University and "On the Possibility of Holy Living: A Christian Perspective" by Lucy Gardner of Oxford University. The rest of the book includes paired essays-one from a Muslim perspective, one from a Christian perspective-that introduce scriptural material with commentary to aid readers in conducting dialogical study. In her conclusion, coeditor Lucinda Mosher digests the illuminating small-group conversations that lie at the heart of the Building Bridges initiative, conversations that convey a vivid sense of the lively, penetrating but respectful dialogue for which the project is known. This unique volume will be a valuable resource to scholars, students, and professors of Christianity and Islam.
Lucinda Mosher, assistant academic director, Building Bridges Seminar, is Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary. David Marshall, academic director, Building Bridges Seminar, is Affiliate Research Fellow of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Introduction PART I: OVERVIEWSHuman Action within Divine Creation: A Muslim PerspectiveMohsen KadivarOn the Possibility of Holy Living: A Christian PerspectiveLucy Gardner PART II: GOD'S CREATION AND ITS GOALGod's Creation and Its Goal: A Muslim Perspective Sohaira Zahid SiddiquiGod's Creation and Its Goal: A Christian PerspectiveRichard BauckhamScripture Dialogue 1: God's Creation and Its GoalPassages from the Qur nPassages from the Bible PART III: THE DIGNITY AND TASK OF HUMANKIND WITHIN GOD'S CREATIONCreativity, Covenant, and ChristBrandon GallaherTo Be Khal fah: The Human Vocation in Relation to Nature and Community Maria Massi DakakeScripture Dialogue 2: The Dignity and Task of Humankind within God's Creation Passages from the BiblePassages from the Qur n PART IV: HUMAN ACTION WITHIN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GODHuman Freedom and Divine Sovereignty: Muslim PerspectivesFeras Q. HamzaHuman Action within the Sovereignty of God: Christian Perspectives Veli-Matti KarkkainenScripture Dialogue 3: Human Action within the Sovereignty of GodPassages from the Qur nPassages from the Bible PART V: REFLECTIONDiscussion in Doha: Listening in on the Building Bridges ProcessLucinda MosherIndexAbout the Editors