“Post-christian phenomenon”?

Islamic instruction © Marius Becker

Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer has drawn theological opposition with his critical remarks about Islam.

The teachings of Christians and Muslims could "coexist without fundamental problems in a religiously neutral state," Freiburg honorary professor Ulrich Ruh told the online magazine "regensburg digital" on Wednesday evening. Most Muslims in Europe accepted freedom of religion and expression.

Voderholzer had recently described Islam as a "post-Christian phenomenon" that claimed to "negate the core contents of Christianity". As examples, he cited belief in the triune God, the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, and redemption through his death on the cross. Only those who either do not know their own faith or do not take it seriously can consider a "far-reaching integration" of Islam possible.

Christianity and Islam side by side

Ruh told the magazine that the integration of Islam does not depend on a "post-Christian" dogma, but on whether its followers in Germany respect the local catching.

Christianity and Islam could coexist despite theological controversies. As an example, the theologian cited Judaism, which rejects the Trinity and the Sonship of God just as strictly and yet is integrated. Ruh was editor-in-chief of "Herder Korrespondenz" from 1991 to 2014.

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