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Baptists and Muslims search together for peace [Update: Parham Interviewed]

Baptists and Muslims — two groups often identified by their extremists — share the common desire to love God and neighbor, according to a documentary being aired by ABC affiliates.

The film, “Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims,” was produced by, the website of the Baptist Center for Ethics.

Robert Parham, the executive editor of the web site and executive director of the center, talks about the documentary in a column for the Washington Post-Newsweek On Faith panel.

“Baptist-Muslim engagement may be the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009 with the far-reaching potential to advance the common good. Time will soon determine whether it is a fool’s errand or a fullness-of-time movement.”

ABC television affiliates were scheduled to start showing the film Jan. 3, according to EthicsDaily. A list of times, dates and broadcasting affiliates is available at Interfaith Broadcasting. There is a trailer.

Parham concluded:

Our documentary is about replacing the negative narratives with positive ones. We hope it will bring Baptists and Muslims together on the local level for conversations and community-building. If Muslims and Baptists are peacemakers together in the United States, then they will show the rest of the world a better way forward.

Robert Parham Interview

Bruce Prescott interviewed Robert Parham regarding Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims.


January 4, 2010 - Posted by | Religion | , ,

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