Christianity and Islam
Rev Sam Norton leads a three part discussion, with the first part on Sunday 19th February looking at the differences between the two faiths. The Learning Suppers are set in the context of a substantial talk with a meal of soup, bread, cheese and wine. All are very welcome to attend at West Mersea Church Hall at 6.30pm. We aim to finish by 8.30pm.
Different Departures - 19th February
This will discuss the differences between Christianity and Islam, looking in particular at:
- the nature of the Koran and how it differs from the Bible;
- what is believed about Allah and free will, and the contrast with Christian understandings;
- the different characters of Muhammad and Jesus, and how those differences are understood by their followers;
- what happened to Jesus on the cross, and what it means spiritually in each faith.
Different Journeys - 19th March
This will explore the consequences of the differences outlined in the first session, looking especially at:
- the first three hundred years of each faith after the death of the founder;
- the treatment of Christians in areas where Islam became dominant;
- how to understand the Crusades;
- the place of secular thinking and separation between church and state;
- the understanding of minorities and the nature of scapegoating;
- how Christians are called to respond when scapegoating takes place.
Different Destinations - 23rd April (St George's Day)
This will explore what it means to 'redeem the nation' with particular focus on England:
- what is a 'nation' in Christian, Muslim and secular understandings?
- what has been happening in terms of immigration in England?
- what is the likely future if present trends continue?
- what does the Bible say about immigration and related matters?
- how are Christians called to behave in our present context?
- the destiny of England.
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