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Seeking a Theological Encounter

Etienne Renaud

in Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243198
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0009
Seeking a Theological Encounter

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The Frenchman, Renaud, encountered Islam in Algeria before joining the Missionaries of Africa and studies in Tunisia and PISAI. He recounts a life divided between active work amongst Muslims in the Yemen, Syria and the Sudan, academic study and teaching, and service to his fellow White Fathers. The chapter calls for an engagement with Islam on the level of theology that is not side-tracked into politics and sociology. Theological reflection is offered on themes such as Trinity, Incarnation and Salvation, before turning to the heart of Christian-Muslim relations in spiritual experience. The fascination and attraction of Islam is explored and a theory developed concerning the appeal of religion for the elite and for the masses.

Keywords: Renaud; Missionaries of Africa; PISAI; Yemen; Sudan; White Fathers; Theology; Christian-Muslim

Chapter.  4276 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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