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Dr. Todd Johnson responds to the meeting between Pope Francis and the grand imam this month

February 22, 2019

Dr. Todd Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, responds to the meeting between Pope Francis and the grand imam in the United Arab Emirates this month in the context of a global demographic transformation for both Christians and Muslims.

 

“The pope and the grand imam locate human fraternity in caring for the poor, eschewing violence, and pursuing peace, freedom, and justice for all. Christians and Muslims have deep theological resources to join them on this quest. Tensions between the two religions tend to increase violence, fear, and instability around the world. As the two largest religions will soon represent two-thirds of the human population, their shared document, however imperfect, is a welcome declaration of ‘mutual understanding, human fraternity, and harmonious co-existence.’ The future of the world depends on it.”

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