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“From the brook by the path”: <i>Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslims</i>

Felix Körner

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/9780823243198.003.0028
“From the brook by the path”: Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslims

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Through the stimulation of home-life and schooling, challenging encounters and friendships, and a desire to centre his life on his Christian faith and commitment, the German Jesuit, Körner, was prepared for a life of theological encounter. Hebrew studies led to Arabic, which, augmented by philosophical and biblical study, brought him to the study of Islam. The importance of inspiring teachers, scholars and fellow-students led to a meeting with Josef van Ess from Tübingen, and thus ultimately to Bamberg and Ankara. The chapter details the contribution of ecumenical Christian theological reading, in this case Pannenberg, efforts at teaching in Turkey, the need for a solid Christian theology of religions to underpin the encounter with Islam, and the demand for a theology of witness.

Keywords: Jesuit; Körner; Josef van Ess; Tübingen; Bamberg; Ankara; Theology of witness

Chapter.  4208 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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