Second Georgetown-Campion Hall Seminar: The Qur’an

January 14-15, 2011

The theme of the second seminar was the Qur’an. Papers were given by Daniel Madigan, S.J. ("Engaging with the Other’s Scripture: Reflections on sura 45"), David Marshall (“Roman Catholic Approaches to the Qur’ān since Vatican II”), and Martin Whittingham (“'Deciding by the Gospel': Some Protestant Christian Responses to the Qur’ān since the Nineteenth Century”).

Discussion touched on many questions calling for further Christian reflection, including:
  • How appropriately can we speak of the “sacramental” quality in Muslim life of the recitation of the Qur’an?
  • What are appropriate purposes of Christian study of the Qur’an? (Underlying aims of Christian studies have included: proving Christianity; disproving Islam; improving Islam; finding common ground, etc.)
  • What attitude should Christians take to the application of historical-critical method to the study of the Qur’an?
  • Should readings from the Qur’an ever be included in Christian worship?
  • What are the implications of the similarities between intra-Christian theological debate on Christ leading to the creeds and intra-Muslim debates about the (un)createdness of the Qur’an?

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