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Irreconcilable Truths

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEWEE: Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books including The Case for Christ and his recent first work of fiction, The Ambition.

Two people I’ve highlighted on Recycle Your Faith are planning events for the 10th anniversary of September 11th. Lee Strobel is a part of a simulcast called Unpacking Islam and Bart Campolo is planning 9/11 Walks. I’m curious if you’re intrigued by either of these events and why or why not? Here’s a brief description of each:

Unpacking Islam: Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the subsequent U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, Islam has been thrust into the American spotlight. But even ten years later there’s widespread confusion and controversy over the teachings and ideals of Islam. Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg will cut through the hysteria and offer a balanced and accurate assessment of Islam through their interviews with Muslim experts and the riveting testimonies of former Muslims who have become followers of Jesus.

9/11 Walks: Honor the countless victims of 9/11 and its aftermath with a simple act of hope and courage: Walk and talk kindly with neighbors and strangers, in celebration of our common humanity and in defiance of fear, misunderstanding and hatred. Wouldn’t it be great if 9/11 became a day to reach over boundaries to connect with ‘the other’, the way Martin Luther King Day has become a day for community service?


Are you intrigued by either of these events? Why or why not?


5 Responses to “Irreconcilable Truths”

  1. Joe says:

    I couldn’t really see the point of this video. Exclusive faiths are by their nature irreconcilable. And in a lot of ways, ‘facts’ don’t really come into the equation because ancient faiths by their nature have different takes on what happened millennia ago.

    More to the point, perhaps, is the observation that many (perhaps most) understandings of Christianity are actually irreconcilable with each other. I have spent time with Muslims and a lifetime with Christians, and would probably say that I felt more welcomed and accepted by the Arab Muslims I met – who were culturally very different and had a very weak grasp of what I actually believed – than I’ve felt with other Christian groups I’ve met that profoundly disagree with me.

    Behind the rhetoric, I think the reality is that many Muslims would be more welcoming of Christians in their midst than many Christians are of Muslims.

  2. Benjamin Ady says:

    Lee seems very delightful and personable. I have to gently point out that while he, and many inside both religions, find Islam and Christianity irreconcilable, there is a relatively smallish group of people who choose to practice both faiths. The only exemplar of that group with whom I’ve had the privilege to interact (and a small shout out to Off The Map for having her speak at one of their conferences) was an incredibly beautiful, open, self-aware, loving, and very very brave and strong individual.

    I’d have to read a bit further on the Unpacking Islam event, but I do have this question–why would folks choose to learn about Islam at an event conceived and carried out by Christians? I’m just thinking if I wanted to learn about Islam ….

    Interesting. If I wanted to learn about Islam, there’s a series of steps I would take, but none of them involve attending an event put on by Lee Strobel. I guess that’s not really so much about the fact that Lee’s a Christian, but more about the fact that I just see the world very differently from Lee. I took a subject in my last year as an undergrad entitled The Modern Middle East. It was so eye opening to get a bit of and understanding of the context and setting of Islam from someone who spoke Arabic, Farsi, and English, and who’d spent their entire academic career studying these things.

  3. Are you intrigued by either of these events?
    1. Regarding Unpacking: always nice to see an outreach to Christians
    2. Regarding 9/11 Walks: strange that we would honor the countless victims of 9/11 and its aftermath while we are busy making more, but it’s something.

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