“CIE Interfaith Forum: Part II” – Amir Akrami and Mark Thiessen Nation

& Center for Interfaith Engagement, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

Pluralism, Particularity & the Way to Peace, II: Why Do We — a Muslim & a Mennonite— Care About This?

A year ago the Center for Interfaith Engagement’s Visiting Muslim Scholar and theologian Dr. Amir Akrami and Mennonite theologian and Eastern Mennonite Seminary professor Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation engaged in a public discussion about Akrami’s pluralist approach to inter-faith relations and Nation’s particularist approach.

In this forum they will continue the conversation, beginning with a very brief summary of what was shared in their previous meeting. This time they will reflect directly on why they these issues matter to them. What does each of them believe is at stake in his pluralist/particularist approach to inter-faith relationships and peacemaking? What does each one see as (at least potentially) problematic or deficient in the approach of the other? And how would each express what it is that his approach has to offer to a pluralistic world as we negotiate how to live together in peace?