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Christians should learn from Muslims' desire to spread their faith

CWN - October 12, 2012

Father Samir, Khalil Samir, SJ, an expert participating in the discussions of the Synod for the New Evangelization, argues that Catholics should learn something from the willingness of Muslims to promote their faith:

In fact, the Muslim is not afraid of presenting his faith; the Christian in the West is ashamed, thinking that his faith is a private value…We must learn to be proud of our faith, without falling into ostentation or into propaganda and proselytism.

Muslims should learn from Christians, too, Father Samir says. Since they feel obliged by their faith to bring others into the Islamic fold, he argues, Muslims should recognize that Christians feel the same way. It is a sign of respect and charity, he tells Muslims, for Christians to want others to recognize the Good News of the Gospel.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 12, 2012 3:23 PM ET USA

    This does sound good. Muslims do seem very intent on converting non-Muslims using many different means. I presume, however, that when the good father discusses this he does not mean that we Christians should include, in the looking at Muslim methods of evangelization, lying, coercion and bomb-making.

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