Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall, Editors

"Significantly [advances] our understanding of the topic at hand. . . . Well worth a read."
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Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: Christian and Muslim Perspectives is a collection of essays and scripture passages studied at the 2014 Building Bridges seminar.

Thoughtful and provocative, the book begins with the complete texts of the opening lectures by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen and Jonathan A. C. Brown and contains essays by Christoph Schwöbel, Ayman Shabana, Susan Eastman, Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Philip Sheldrake, and Asma Afsaruddin. Peppered throughout with relevant scripture passages and commentary, the text concludes with an extensive account of the informal conversations at the seminar that conveys the lively and respectful dialogue that is the hallmark of this meeting.

Table of Contents


Part I: Overviews
Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: A Christian Perspective
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: A Muslim Perspective
Jonathan A. C. Brown

Part II: Sin
Changing Places: Understanding Sin in Relation to a Graceful God
Christoph Schwöbel
The Concept of Sin the Qur'an in the Light of the Story of Adam
Ayman Shabana

Scripture Dialogues on Sin

Part III: Forgiveness
Forgiveness and Redemption in Christian Understanding
Susan Eastman
Divine Forgiveness in Islamic Scripture and Thought
Mohammad Hassan Khalil

Scripture Dialogues on Forgiveness

Part IV: Reconciliation
Reconciliation Between People: Christian Perspectives
Philip Sheldrake
Reconciliation and Peacemaking in the Qur'an
Asma Afsaruddin

Scripture Dialogues on Reconciliation

Part V: Reflection
Conversation in Virginia
Lucinda Mosher



"A good textbook for any Christian-Muslim group that wants to have a dialogue about Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation in Christianity and Islam."—Reading Religion

"Significantly [advances] our understanding of the topic at hand. . . . Well worth a read."—Horizons

"A useful tool for more research-minded Muslims and Christians of any denomination to pinpoint doctrinal congruencies and disparities and to explore alternative methods of reconciling them."—Providence

"The strengths of these volumes are numerous. . . . The Building Bridges seminar stands as a sign of hope for future engagement."—Biblioteca

"This volume offers both scholars and seekers alike a set of invaluable insights into one of the most profound and intriguing paradoxes generated by the human being 'made in the image of God'—the human propensity for sin and the divine capacity to forgive."—Reza Shah-Kazemi, Managing Editor, Encyclopaedia Islamica, and Research Associate, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

"A well-balanced collection of primary source-based reflections on sin, forgiveness, and reconciliation by eight well-informed Muslim and Christian contributors that will be useful for inter-religious discussion groups as well as in classroom settings. Three 'Scripture Dialogue' segments . . . will be particularly attractive for more advanced academic purposes. . . . Consideration of these compelling themes in comparative context is, to say the least, much needed and most welcome."—John Renard, Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University


Asma Afsaruddin Jonathan A. C. Brown Susan Eastman Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Mohammad Hassan Khalil Lucinda Mosher Christoph Schwöbel Ayman Shabana Philip Sheldrake

Supplemental Materials


2017 CPA Book Award for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations, Catholic Press Association, Third Place

About the Author

Lucinda Mosher, assistant academic director, Building Bridges Seminar, is a faculty associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary.

David Marshall, academic director, Building Bridges Seminar, is director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and associate research professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Duke Divinity School.

176 pp., 6 x 9

Apr 2016

176 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-1-62616-284-6
Apr 2016

176 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-62616-285-3
Apr 2016

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