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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Sept. 05, 2023

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and

In reading the last few essays and addresses that Pope Benedict XVI wished to be published after his death (see my brief review in True Renewal: Why is it so hard to grasp?), I find good reason to comment on the late pope’s very brief reflections on “The Christian-Islamic Dialogue”. The point Benedict wishes to make is that, while Islam really is “a religion of the book”, Christianity simply is not. It is impossible to engage constructively in Christian-Islamic dialogue without understanding this fundamental point.

Protestants may sometimes be confused by this distinction, because so many of them adhere to the concept of sola scriptura, as if the exact text of Scripture is explicitly verbally inspired as the sole norm of Christian Faith. This is broadly similar to the general Muslim belief that the Koran was dictated by the angel Gabriel directly to Mohammad. …

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