In 2007, 138 Muslim clerics and scholar put together the document, “A Common Word Between Us and You.” There’s a website dedicated to the project here. It is essentially a response to the message of Pope Benedict XVI in September 2006, which set Christianity clearly against Islam, and depicted Islam in an unfavorable light.
According to “A Common Word,” Islam and Christianity share the “Divine Origin,” the “Same Abrahamic Heritage,” and the “two same greatest commandments,” and so really we’re not that far apart after all.
A number of Christian organisations and individuals have responded very favorably to “A Common Word,” as illustrated here. But Not John Piper. Here’s what he had to say in January 2008:
- John Piper – 30 years on
- Disagree with a Muslim in public? Then you're a criminal.
- Required to study Islam: Religious Freedom?
- Fundamentalism and science: strange bedfellows?
- Don't Debate – Associate (or the retarded side of evangelicalism)