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Dialogue in Reason and Faith

The Pope's recent quotations both from Byzantine emperor Manuel II and verses from the Koran were intended as commentary on the history of rationalism, and his audience understood this not as an insult to Islam but rather as criticism of prevailing Western views about liberty and reason. The reaction, however, from nearly every quarter outside his immediate audience was that he offended the religion of Islam. I wonder if the Reformed tradition's own Karl Barth might bring forth a helpful…
R. Todd Wise
November 16, 2006