Catholica. Vierteljahresschrift für Ökumenische Theologie vol:62 issue:3 pages:216-240
Starting from a fictitious Muslim missive to the Pope written in 1283 by Raymond Lull, a Catalan theologian and philosopher who devoted his life to converting the so called "infidels", the article explores the real letter "A Common Word Between Us and You" dating from October 2007 in the light of Lull's thought. 138 Muslim representatives sent this open letter to the religious leaders of Christianity claiming that love of God and of one's neighbour constitutes a major Muslim-Christian accordance. The letter's method of comparing selected parallel texts from Quran and Bible leaves a lot of problems unmentioned. Nevertheless, it gives some very promising impulses to our contemporary inter-religious dialogue as the numerous responses by Christian Churches prove. In a critical reading using the principles and criteria developed by Lull some hermeneutic improvements are suggested. The dialogue should be opened to a 'trialogue' between Christians, Muslims and Jews. "A Common Word" will have to stand the litmus test of practice and application. This, as the article argues, could be facilitated by following the lines of Lull.