As two faith communities before the one and only God, this should affect the way in which our faith education is done. How do we seek to hear God speaking to us through the faith and practice of the other? How does such study of the other faith provoke a reflection on my own? By thus ‘Approaching Christian-Muslim Education’, it should become both a theological and spiritual deepening of my own faith as well as an exploration of the other.
Both Christianity and Islam operate within certain conceptual models or paradigms. All too often, when someone from one faith seeks to understand the other, they try to make that faith fit their own paradigm instead of entering into the paradigm of the other, which is the only way for there to be real understanding. This emphasises ‘The importance of a paradigm shift in understanding Christianity and Islam’.
The Catholic Bishops of Germany have a national information, resource and training centre for dialogue with Islam and Muslims, called CIBEDO, in Frankfurt. I was invited to lead a seminar there in October 2014 to explore “The training of Christian workers for dialogue with Islam.” The paper was presented in German and will be published by CIBEDO in their quarterly. The English original can be downloaded by clicking on the link.