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Baptist World Alliance Response to "A Common Word Between Us and You"
December 19, 2008
The Baptist World Alliance Response to A Common Word Between Us and You begins by affirming the timeliness and theological diversity of all those involved in this dialogue. It also emphasizes that discovering "common ground" provides a shared space for mutual understanding and cooperation. It continues with a series of scripture quotations supporting the call to love in each tradition. The bulk of the letter then uses the content of A Common Word to guide further exploration into how Baptist Christians understand love of God and love of neighbor, including the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and the imperative of religious freedom. Throughout, the authors venture questions for clarification and further dialogue with Muslim partners, and the response closes with a call for dialogue at the local and regional level, as well as an appeal to avoid unhelpful inflammatory rhetoric.
Baptist World Alliance
Founded in 1905, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) currently includes more than 200 Baptist conventions and unions. Since the 1980s BWA has engaged in dialogue with the Lutheran World Federation, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World...