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Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology

ISBN: 978-1-4443-9579-2
224 pages
March 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)

A challenging, sensitive, appreciative, deep and broad-minded book.”
The Muslim World Book Review

"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

“Professor Burrell is an intellectual wonder and paragon of interfaith evenhandedness. This book takes us on a cross-religious intellectual journey in a way no other book I know does. It is a seminal piece of writing and its intellectual assumptions hold the key not only to interfaith peace in the world but also objective philosophical excellence.”
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal


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