Marty And Chris: Muslims And Christians

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This play has been written as an imaginary conversation between a devout Muslim who was raised Christian, and a Christian who is very strong in his faith but very curious about the Islamic faith. The two people involved are named Marty and Chris. Marty being the devout Muslim, and Chris being the Christian.Chris is sitting at his computer one day, and began to think about how he has grown up only knowing the Christian faith, and finally decides it is time to engage in conversation with someone of the one faith he has always been intrigued by, Islam. Chris decides to go down to the lounge area of his public university and wait for the Islam group to let out, in hopes he may find someone willing to engage in conversation with him about the two faiths. Chris waits for the group to let out and approaches a tall skinny fellow who resembles and reminds Chris of himself. The two exchange pleasantries….C: Hey man, you have a chance to talk? I am a Christian who has always been fascinated by the Islamic faith and would love to sit and talk to you about our two faiths.M: Hey, my name is Marty, and yes I would love to. However, if we are going to sit and have this talk you must know if you want my take and the Islamic faith on everything we may be here forever! So, let's do this. Let's get a coffee on campus and we can talk for a little while, and I'll give you some of the things I think you should hear first. If you like the conversation, perhaps you can go out and learn more on your own.C: Sounds like a plan!The two walk to the campus coffee joint and start their conversation.C. Why have there been in the last decade many discussions held between Christians andMuslims about their beliefs?M. I think because we both have several things in common. We believe in the One CreatorWho sent many Prophets and in Jesus as the Messiah as well as the Word of God who wasDenied by the Jews.Our Holy Qur'an mentions in Surah 3:45:[Remember] when the angels said: 'O Mary! Verily Allah gives you the glad tidingsOf a Word from Him, his name will be Messiah Jesus, the son of Mary, held inHonor in this world and in the hereafter, and of those who are near to Allah....'Dialogues have been held everywhere in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Australia.Even the Vatican has participated: discussions were held between Vatican theologians andEgyptian Muslim scholars in Rome in 1970 and in Cairo in 1974 and 1978. Another seriesOf discussions between Vatican theologians and Saudi Arabian Muslim scholars was heldin Rome in 1974. Muslims have also been invited by many churches to present Islam.C. If Christianity is nearly two thousand years old and Islam more than fourteen hundredYears old, why were these discussions not held centuries ago?M. For the last three to four centuries, many Asian and African countries that had beenRuled by Muslims were colonized by Britain France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, andPortugal. Many Christian missionary and religious colonists tried to...

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