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Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Authors: Lucinda Mosher David Marshall

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. 

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

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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