Witness and the Divine Word: Jesus in Christian-Muslim Dialogue


Christians and Muslims alike revere Jesus of Nazareth as a prophet, teacher, and messenger of the Gospel. The Qur’an even calls Jesus, a Word from God. And yet, debates about the nature of Jesus, his humanity, role in salvation, and relationship to God are the most contentious and fundamental disagreements between Christians and Muslims.

For our Wednesday Forum on October 9, we will explore some of the commonality and differences in Christian and Islamic ideas about Jesus and then consider how Muslim questions might be critically and sympathetically engaged as a source of Christian learning and confession. Join us at 11:00 am in the Ellis Room, Richards Center.

Joshua Ralston is Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and director and co-founder of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. He has published widely on Christian theological engagements with Islam, Protestant Theology, and on political theology and migration.  His book, Law and the Rule of God: A Christian-Muslim Comparative Theology is in press with Cambridge University Press (2020) and he has co-edited two books, Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body (Palgrave, 2015) and Religious Diversity in Europe: Comparative Political Theology (Ferdinand Schöning, 2020). From 2016-2018, he represented the Church of Scotland on the World Communion of Reformed Churches Task Force on Migration in Europe. He serves on the steering committee of the Reformed Theology and History Group at AAR and prior to moving to Scotland, he was Assistant Professor of Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

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