Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Yale pops off about "dialogue" with Islam; Advocates for persectued Christians respond

You can read the whole thing here. It contains links to an original statement by Muslim scholars and the responses from Yale Divinity School.

The Barnabas Fund, which supports persecuted Christians around the world, digs into the Yale statement and shows its flaws. Here is part of the Barnabas Fund's conclusion:

Although we respect and love Muslims, Christians cannot accept Islam as an equal and valid revelation from God. The denial of the deity of Christ and His redemptive work as well as of the Trinity will always stand in the way of interfaith dialogue and co-operation. Just as Muslims cannot accept the Christian denial of Muhammad’s prophethood and the Qur’an’s status as the word of God, so Christians must take a clear stand on the central doctrines of their faith. To do so might result in a loss of popularity and influence, but loyalty and faithfulness to Christ, to His people and to His mission are much more important in God’s eyes.

5 comments:

Richard Yale said...

Just so everyone is clear, the University has not been affiliated with the family itself since Uncle Eli shuffled off this mortal coil.

This is one Yale who completely agrees with the sentiments of the Barnabas Fund.

The Rev. Richard Yale
Chico, CA

TLF+ said...

Thanks, Richard+!!! So noted!

As Mr. Howell used to cry out when confronted by a headhunter or other bad guy on Gilligan's Island , "Good heavens! A YALE man!"

richard yale said...

Well, I have been known to pop off, so I thought a clarification was in order!

Long way from the old days in the Dio of LA, Tim+

TLF+ said...

Hard to believe how absolutely corrupt and insane Dio. L.A. became... and I don't think they've hit bottom yet.

David Handy+ said...

As a graduate of Yale Div. School, class of 1983, it pains me to read this sort of stuff that reflects so badly on my alma mater. But neither am I shocked or surprised, just disappointed. Despite being hit by continued appeals for contributions as an alumnus, I stopped giving any money to YDS years ago.

It's ironic that the motto of the TEC shadow seminary that merged with Yale back in the 1970s, Berkeley Div. School, is a highly mission-minded one: In illa quae ultra sunt, or "Into the regions beyond."

It's also ironic that across the street from YDS is a fine missionary organization, and that the prominent African historian of missions, Lamin Sanneh, a convert from Islam, teaches at Yale. So the place hasn't totally gone down the drain. Not yet anyway.