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Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology

ISBN: 978-0-470-65755-3
222 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology delineates the ways that Christianity, Islam, and the Jewish tradition have moved towards each another over the centuries and points to new pathways for contemporary theological work. 

  • Explores the development of the three Abrahamic traditions, brilliantly showing the way in which they have struggled with similar issues over the centuries
  • Shows how the approach of each tradition can be used comparatively by the other traditions to illuminate and develop their own thinking
  • Written by a renowned writer in philosophical theology, widely acclaimed for his comparative thinking on Jewish and Islamic theology
  • A very timely book which moves forward the discussion at a period of intense inter-religious dialogue
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Free Creation as a Shared Task for Jews, Christians, Muslims 9

2 Relating Divine Freedom with Human Freedom: Diverging and Converging Strategies 25

3 Human Initiative and Divine Grace: Augustine and Ghazali 51

4 Trust in Divine Providence: Tawakkul, “Abandonment,” and “Detachment” 63

5 The Point of it All: “Return,” Judgment, and “Second Coming” – Creation to Consummation 87

6 Realized Eschatology: Faith as a Mode of Knowing and Journeying 129

7 Respectfully Negotiating Outstanding Neuralgic Issues: Contradictions and Conversions 165

Epilog: Misuses and Abuses of Abrahamic Traditions 189

Index 193

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Author Information

David B. Burrell, Hesburgh Professor emeritus at University of Notre Dame, teaches Ethics and Development at Uganda Martyrs University. He has published extensively in comparative issues in philosophical theology in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and is the author of Faith and Freedom (2006), Wiley-Blackwell.
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“For using his considerable intellectual skills in that way, he should be commended and thanked.”  (International Journal of Systematic Theology, 19 June 2015)

“A new book by David Burrell is always something to look forward to.”  (Islam and ChristianMuslim Relations, 14 November 2014)

"Burrell’s work is highly learned ...This is not an easy book, but it is well worth the effort in wrestling with as we attempt to come to our own answers to such vexed questions.”  (Regent’s Reviews, 2012)

“This is a challenging, sensitive, appreciative, deep and broad-minded book.”  (The Muslim World Book Review, 2012)

“Burrell encourages dialogue between persons – conversations that may foster mutual understanding of such antithetical issues as ways of interpreting Scripture, Scripture as the word of God, Muslim attitudes toward the Christ figure, and Christians relating to a fresh revelation after Christ. [He] concludes that whatever Christians may think about Judaism and Islam, their encounter with Jews and Muslims is what matters. Recommended: Graduate students and above."  (Choice, 2011)

"The work of a master scholar who has devoted a lifetime of scholarly, dialogical, and contemplative reflection to these three interconnected traditions. Audacious in its breadth, the book also addresses important and urgent issues, ranging from creation and eschatology to providence and grace, and the debates that even today continue to divide Jews, Christians, and Muslims. This learned and passionate book is a service to all three communities, a helpful reference work for the ongoing dialogue."
Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University

"Comparative Theology at its best, focusing on fundamental religious questions and pointing to ways in which the dialogue between religious traditions can both expand and deepen theological understanding. Skillfully comparing representative thinkers from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions and combining theological reflection with personal narratives, Burrell sheds new light on ancient doctrines and offers helpful suggestions for dealing with issues that have long troubled the relationship between the three traditions."
Catherine Cornille, Boston College

"This book is both the fruit of, and an invitation to hospitality. After decades of welcoming and being welcomed by the Jewish and Muslim intellectual traditions, David Burrell challenges Christians, Muslims and Jews to recognize that we share a common intellectual home; that despite our differences--or rather by exploring them--we will discover a richness that each tradition brings to the discourse about the one God."
Daniel A Madigan, SJ, Georgetown University

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