A webinar heard from a world-renowned Jesuit Islamic scholar discuss how Islam and Christianity are shaping the world today.
04 Sep 2021
Father Felix Körner
NEW DELHI: A webinar heard from a world-renowned Jesuit Islamic scholar discuss how Islam and Christianity are shaping the world today.
The August 29 program on “Political Religion: How Islam and Christianity Shape the World” was a webinar co-organized by the Institute for Dialogue between Religions and Cultures, Loyola College, Chennai and the Association for Studies Islamic, Delhi.
Father Felix Körner, who teaches theology of religions at Humboldt University in Berlin, invited his listeners to penetrate through the different identities one holds to reach the deepest form of one’s identity as a given vocation. by God to participate in God’s plan for oneself and for the world. .
Such an understanding would make Christians and Muslims alike understand that their religions call on them to exercise power with responsibility so that power is transformed into service to others. This will help free humans from all forms of slavery and lead to the empowerment of the marginalized, added Father Körner, who majored in Islamic studies and Catholic theology.
He holds doctorates in both disciplines and taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University run by the Jesuits until 2019.
Christians and Muslims live in diverse contexts and often find themselves as minorities among others. The Jesuit scholar invited Christians and Muslims to reflect on their “weakness” not as a burden but as a grace; a gift and a task.
It is a gift as “weakness” transforms “unruly forms of power” into service and a task as the voices of vulnerable people make the poor visible and audible in the public sphere.
Father Korner called on both communities to embrace pluralism as an opportunity to become a source of inspiration for society: a presence that heals without hidden intention and supports the other competently and without competing constraints.
He concluded that religion becomes truly authentic when it uses its power to shape the world not through violence, but in a positive way – in “recognizing the other as other”. A lively discussion followed which contextualized his conference from a South Asian perspective.–India counts