The recent exchange of conciliatory letters by Muslim and Christian leaders continues to generate discussion.
On the surface, the aim of the letters - both calls for Muslims and Christians to work together for world peace - seems fairly benign. The title of the Muslim letter, signed by 138 scholars and clerics broadly representative of the Islamic world, is "A Common Word Between Us and You." The Christian letter, crafted by professors at the Yale Divinity School's Center for Faith and Culture, is called "Loving God and Neighbor Together."
However, critics like Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, have said that the Christian document cedes too much theological ground to Muslims. This debate was taken up in earnest by John Piper and Rick Love on Piper's Desiring God blog. Piper, the preaching pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and Love, the former international director of Frontiers, have gone back and forth (and back and forth again) on the ...1