The author raises questions about some aspects of the role of the theologian in a global world. He points out that the issues that theology faced in the past do not always directly connect with today’s issues. In the past, a Muslim theologian was considered an expert in theology, law and Sufism. But many definitive categories from the past seem antiquated in today’s complicated post-modern, globalizing world. We must now formulate our discourse in such a way as to be meaningful within our respective communities, but also within a larger pluralistic audience. Dialogue facilitates the process of distinguishing between the essential and the contingent. It can purify us of cultural ideology or imperialist religiosity. The Focolare offers a model for this wide-open dialogue, especially where tradition seems to conflict with innovation.
"Global Dialogue Among Religions: An Islamic Perspective,"
Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture: Vol. 7
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/claritas/vol7/iss1/9