Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

April 1, 2016

Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation offers the proceedings of the 2014 Building Bridges seminar, a dialogue between leading Christian and Muslim scholars under the stewardship of Georgetown University. The essays in this volume explore the nature of human sin and divine forgiveness, topics that have often been a point of contention between Christians and Muslims. Thoughtful and provocative, the book begins with the complete texts of the opening lectures by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Jonathan A. C. Brown and contains essays by Christoph Schwöbel, Ayman Shabana, Susan Eastman, Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Philip Sheldrake, and Asma Afsaruddin. Peppered throughout with relevant scripture passages and commentary, the text concludes with an extensive account of the informal conversations at the seminar that conveys the lively and respectful dialogue that is the hallmark of this meeting. Excerpts from this book are available in PDF form, provided by Georgetown University Press.

Table of Contents


Part I: Overviews
Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: A Christian Perspective | Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: A Muslim Perspective | Jonathan A. C. Brown

Part II: Sin
Changing Places: Understanding Sin in Relation to a Graceful God | Christoph Schwöbel
The Concept of Sin the Qur'an in the Light of the Story of Adam | Ayman Shabana
Scripture Dialogues on Sin

Part III: Forgiveness
Forgiveness and Redemption in Christian Understanding | Susan Eastman
Divine Forgiveness in Islamic Scripture and Thought | Mohammad Hassan Khalil
Scripture Dialogues on Forgiveness

Part IV: Reconciliation
Reconciliation Between People: Christian Perspectives | Philip Sheldrake
Reconciliation and Peacemaking in the Qur'an | Asma Afsaruddin
Scripture Dialogues on Reconciliation

Part V: Reflection
Conversation in Virginia | Lucinda Mosher


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