Dr Peter Gowing speaks on Islam 1981

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Dr Peter Gowing speaks on Islam 1981 - UCG Missionary Speaks Otit Christians Are Urged...
UCG Missionary Speaks Otit Christians Are Urged To Take Look At Islam By DAVIb E. ANDERSON UPI Religion Writer American Christians, says Dr. Peter Gowing, "need to be warned against falling into the same trap with regard to Islam as we did with communism — assuming it is a monolithic power intent on our destruction." Gowing, a United Churclrof Christ missionary, is director •of the Dansalan Research Center in Mindanao, Philippines, and specializes in Filipino Moslems and their relationship with Christian Filipino majority. In addition, he works with both the World Council of Churches and the U.S. National Council of Churches on Christian-Islam issues. Currently on furlough in the United States, Gowing said in an interview that the Moslim world is in great flux. "There is a widespread renewal movement in Islam," he said, "that finds different expression in different places. It is not a monolithic power but is very diverse and there are wide variations indeed." "We are continually judging Moslems by their worst examples," Gowing said, "and they return the compliment." Gowing said that although he is finding a great deal of anger in the United States directed at the Moslem world because of the hostage crisis, Christian & Missionary Alliance Church 'llth& Moore Sts. Huntingdon, Pa. OPEC and other actions given an Islamic religious coloration, it was also a time of great opportunity for education, programs about Islam. "Americans are quite willing to admit 'I don't know,'" he said, "and quite willing to listen to another point of view." He said that Christian-Islam dialogue was growing at all levels from the international to the local, but that Moslems are still suspicious of Christian motivations in seeking such dialogues. "There has been a much poisoned atmosphere since before the (Christian) crusades," he said. "After the crusades there was a geographical distance, a distance that was ended with Western colonialism." "We have just come out of the colonial era," he said, "although some Moslems say we still haven't come out. But that whole crusdade experience is still with us — the • idea thak>Islam is of Satan and must be overcome by Christ." Christian overtures for dialogue, he said, are being "cautiously received" by Moslems, "but not without some suspicion of 'what's your game,'" in part caused by . some Christians who look on dialogue as a new opportunity for missionary proselytism. Much of the current efforts at dialogue, he said, are concerned with practical and pragmatic matters rather than theological differences. Secularism, the break-down of the family, the impact of technology are the major subjects, he said. '^Moslems are not prepared to dialogue on theological issues," he said, at least in part because they believe that In Islam they have the pure versions of both Christianity and Judaism. In addition, he said the rlature of <the dialogue has been changing over the past few years. Early Christian-Islam encounters, he said, were with Moslems who, while deeply committed to their faith, had more or less come to terms with the West and were not representative of the majo'r international Islamic organizations. "Since 1976," he said, "we are finding that we are encountering a new group of Moslems who do represent the mainstream and that makes the dialogue much 'more difficult but also much more relevant," Gowing said. The end, Gowing hopes, may be a reduction of anger and suspicion on both sides. Amy Elder Joins Lycomihg Choir Amy Elder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Elder, 1831 Washington St., Huntingdon, is a member of the Lycoming College Choir. Amy is one of 70 students in the college choir, which performs at various functions throughout the academic year. Directed by Dr. Fred M. Thayer, an assistant professor of music,

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  1. The Daily News,
  2. 17 Jan 1981, Sat,
  3. Page 7

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