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Islam and Christianity: From anathema to dialogue

December 11, 20187:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Theologian Juan José Tamayo is giving this conference in Madrid on December 11. Tamayo, director of the Department of Theology and Religion Sciences at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, will be accompanied by Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe.

Islam and Christianity belong to the family of monotheistic religions and share a rich, liberating religious and cultural wealth, but also some practices of intolerance and violence that are not so exemplary. As occurs in families, between them there have been cordial relationships of cooperation, but there has also been no shortage of confrontations, conflicts and even wars. The time has come for a paradigm shift in their relations: from anathema to dialogue, from dogmatic monotheism to ethical monotheism, from the god of war to the God of peace, from discrimination against women to gender equality, from excluding fundamentalisms to acknowledgment and respect for the religious universe, from a charitable morality to a commitment to justice and liberating ethics, from classism and an abstract universalism to choosing individuals excluded and peoples oppressed by neoliberal globalization. That is the way in which Islam and Christianity can contribute to building a more just society of solidarity that is egalitarian and respectful of inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-ethnic differences. A society in which religious differences cease being a source of violence and alienation to become a force for liberation.   

Juan José Tamayo has a PhD in Theology from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas and in Philosophy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is the director of the “Ignacio Ellacuría” Theology and Religion Sciences Department at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and is a professor in the Three Religions Department at the University of Valencia. Having authored more than 70 books, he is one of the most internationally renowned Spanish theologians. His works revolve around the sciences of religions, secularism and religions, globalization and human rights, grassroots communities, feminism and sacred masculinities, utopias and utopian thought, fundamentalisms, interculturalism and dialogue among religions, Islam and liberation theologies. Some of his most notable publications include “Islam. cultura, religión y política” (“Islam: Culture, religion and politics,” published by Trotta) and “Islam. Sociedad, política y feminismo” (“Islam: Society, politics and feminism,” published by Dykinson).
Islam and Christianity: From anathema to dialogue