The two great tensions of our times are those between Christianity and secularism and Christianity and Islam. No organization has done more to resolve these tensions into dialogue than the Venice–based Oasis Foundation, founded by Cardinal Angelo Scola in 2004. Its biannual journal Oasis, the latest edition of which, dated December 2013, has just been translated into English, is a treasure...James Roberts, The Tablet
Today in the diverse fields of world religions the interpreter of the text reigns supreme. Every revealed text needs interpretation . Apparent ambiguities require careful exegesis; historical contextualisation provides a grounding for revelation. In the Islamic Middle Ages, for example, much intellectual energy was spent in trying to understand the seeming anthropomorphic verses of the Qur’ān:...Ian Richard Netton
The famous shopping street Istiklal Caddesi which leads to Taksim Square, is so full of young people that it is almost impossible to walk along it in the evening. The St. Anthony’s community hall is almost as crowded and dynamic which overlooks the street and where the book Aziz Pavlus was presented on Friday, January the 31st. This is a collection of the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI on the...Marialaura Conte
Dear Brothers and Sisters, With great joy we participate at the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI’s book, with its texts on the Apostle Paul, whose centenary was celebrated by all Christians a few years ago. Invited by Pope Benedict himself, we had the honor to be present in the Basilica Fuori le mura for the beginning of the year dedicated to the Apostle Paul. In 2008, as the Ecumenical...H.H. Bartholomew
In its first eight decades as a republic, the biggest question facing Turkey was one of identity. Would it be the secular democracy envisioned by its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, or a nation governed by the Islamic faith that defined the Ottoman Empire from whose ashes it rose? Ataturk did his best to secure the former option, sending the Caliph packing (on the Orient Express) and ordering...
Presentation of Oasis no.18 Mestre, March 6 2014, at 18.00h Speakers: Massimo CACCIARI - President of the Gianni Pellicani Foundation Sergio BELARDINELLI - Professor of Sociology of cultural processes, University of Bologna Marco ANSALDO - correspondent in international politics for La Repubblica newspaper
Religions on a Tightrope, between Secularism and Ideology
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