Friday, January 06, 2006

Benedict XVI on Islam and the West

Hugh Hewitt has posted a fascinating interview with Father Joseph Fessio on Pope Benedict’s views on future interactions between Islam and the West. The text appended below is intended as a teaser only. Go read the whole thing.

“…seeing that distinction when the Koran, which is seen as something dropped out of Heaven, which cannot be adapted or applied, even, and the Bible, which is a word of God that comes through a human community, it was stunning.”


“Yeah, that Christianity can engage modernity just like it did...the Jews did Egypt, or Christians did to Greece, because we can take what's good there, and we can elevate it through the revelation of Christ in the Bible. But Islam is stuck. It's stuck with a text that cannot be adapted, or even be interpreted properly.”