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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802863809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802863805
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''In 2007, a number of Muslim leaders published an open letter in the New York Times that they called 'A Common Word'; the document stressed the common ground of Islam and Christianity in love of God and love of neighbor. This important volume unites that original letter and one of the most substantial Christian replies, the so-called Yale Response, created by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, with new essays by notables such as Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harvey Cox, Andre Saperstein, and Sen. John Kerry. Almost without doubt one of the most profound interfaith movements and statements in recent memory, this work brings a new audience to this crucial dialog; essential reading for the thoughtful Christian or Muslim.'' --Library Journal

''In spite of the enormous problems that face the world today, I am hopeful and confident that we are on a path towards finding solutions, thanks in large part to efforts like 'A Common Word,' which . . . has the potential to effect radical and positive change in relations between Muslims and Christians.'' --Tony Blair - from the foreword

''We all want to see a great deal of change. Somewhere between religious war and religious harmony is tolerance, acceptance of others' freedom to believe. I am so impressed by and so grateful to 'A Common Word' for not merely longing for a better dialogue but also standing up and delivering one.'' --Senator John F. Kerry - from the last chapter

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Miroslav Volf is Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. His books include Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation; The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World; and Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities.

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By Dipper on 17 Feb 2014
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An excellent resource with all the necessary material for following the start of the conversation. I hope the conversation continues.
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Common Word for Disjointed Times 19 April 2014
By coolzbot - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book. As a Christian living in America, my knowledge about Islam is quite limited and often influenced by a biased media. The Christian church and the Muslim mosque are filled with extremists who would like us to believe that the destruction of the "other" is the will of God. But there are other voices as well. There are Muslims and Christian who would say, "No!" to hatred, bigotry and ignorance. It is with this spirit that this book was written.

The book itself examines a document released by several prominent Muslim scholars, later answered by prominent Christian scholars, attempting to find common ground in the command to love God and our neighbor. It is certainly NOT written to argue that Christianity and Islam are the same religion, rather it is saying, "We are so different, but when we over-emphasize our differences, we are prone to hatred. Let us rather emphasize our similarities to discover a place and plan for peace." I found it not only encouraging and edifying but also helpful to my own Christian walk with God.

Highly recommended.
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Great book on bringing two religions together! 7 Mar 2014
By Naz Hassan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book pointing out the similarities between Christianity and Islam going back to their origins, dispelling myths on both sides and shedding light on their similarities.
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Five Stars 29 Aug 2014
By Cambridge Savings Bank - Published on Amazon.com
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A very significant book for Christians and Muslims dialogue …
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don't believe everything you read 1 Sep 2013
By Craig Buhler - Published on Amazon.com
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If you really want to understand the Muslim religion, then you need to understand The Koran. For those wishing to be lulled into a false sense of security about Jihad, go ahead and read this book and be fooled. However, if you really want to know what Mohammad's agenda is all about, read Don Richardson's carefully researched volume "Secrets of the Koran." Secrets Koran Revealing Insights Islams
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