Islam and the Comparative Theologies of
Kenneth Cragg and Wilfred Cantwell Smith
What happens if Christian theology
is taken as a point of departure for understanding Islam? Will such
a fore-understanding help or foreclose an attempt to
understand Muslims and Islam? On the other hand, how is ones
Christian faith informed by such an effort to understand? Is it
changed by this meeting of faiths in some way or other?
Rewarding Encounters aims to consider
these questions as the writings of Kenneth Cragg and Wilfred Cantwell
Smith are explored and interpreted. In a close-up study of their
works, Dr M?land develops significant insights into interreligious
hermeneutics and Trinitarian theology. Thus, M?land demonstrates
how Christian theology both provides resources for understanding
Muslims and Islam, and at the same time how it is deeply informed,
and more deeply understood, by such an encounter.
Dr B?rd M?land is senior researcher
to the Chaplain in Chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces. His research
has mainly concentrated on comparative theology and military ethics.
M?land is a former chaplain to the Norwegian Military Academy, and
has previously also served as chaplain to the Norwegian infantry
battalion in UNIFIL, South Lebanon. He is the editor of the Journal
of Military Ethics.
216 x 135 mm; 388 pages, paperback; £18.00
ISBN 1 901764 24 9