Country: United States
Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church/Louisville, KY
Christianity and Islam share belief in the religious significance of people like Adam, Abraham, and Mary. How does this fit into the understanding that these are two different “world religions”? Although the faiths may recognize the same people, their religious significance may be explained differently in the two traditions, which we will explore in this service. Muslim understandings of these major figures’ place in faith can provide important perspectives on issues like gender equality, human nature and original sin, and the political teachings of monotheisms. Recognition of the shared symbols and the diversity of interpretation can provide an important foundation for constructive interfaith dialogue.