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Howard, Damian (2013) Islam and Christianity. On 'religions of law'. Islam and Christian-Muslims Relations, 24 (2), pp. 173-189. [Journal Article] (Forthcoming)

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    The pursuit of mutual understanding has not infrequently led Muslims and Christians to define their religious traditions in stark doctrinal opposition one to the other. In this regard, the “religion of law” (Islam)/“religion of grace” (Christianity) dichotomy has a particularly venerable history. This paper sets out to re-examine and deconstruct a couple that would strike many as a platitude, first by giving an account of the Sunni tradition of law-generation, situated in the broad context of the many options represented by different Islamic sects, and then by revisiting the paradigmatic understanding of law in the Christian dispensation worked out by Aquinas. This exposition leads to the conclusion that any simple opposition is to be avoided at all costs, obfuscating, as it does, much more than it elucidates. Furthermore, Christianity emerges from our chosen perspective as, in some sense, more essentially a “religion of law” than Islam ever could be.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Islam and Christian-Muslims Relations
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Damian Howard
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 18:34
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2015 21:30
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1098

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