The Sunday Times, London, carries a report today that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to mark the third anniversary of the 11 September attacks by praising Islam in an address from the pulpit of the mosque at the Al-Azhar University, Cairo.
He will reportedly speak on the common ground between Christianity and Islam with their shared inheritance as 'children of Abraham'.
I must confess this report leaves me with very mixed feelings. Is the choice of the courageous or insensitive. What will my relatives in Brooklyn make of it? The use of the cliche 'children of Abraham' means what? It would appear to cover just about every thing from Arians, semi-Arians, Nestorians, Mormons, Jehoval Witnesses and every sect and faction of Judaism and Islam too.
It is true that both Christians and Moslems are neighbours, and in many places close neighbours. So we need to learn to co-exist without enmity and strike. However, our beliefs are incompatible no matter which way you cut it. As I began the report leaves me with mixed feelings............