Was Benedict’s Baptism of a Muslim Convert a Good Idea?

Pope Benedict XVI’s rather spectacular baptism of a Muslim convert has generated a good deal of discussion amongst Christians and Muslims alike.  Rather than adding unnecessary heat to the subject, I commend the dialogue between Abu Daoud and Sister Sherry–Anglican and Roman Catholic respectively working in the Middle East–on this subject.

On this, I am inclined to agree with Abu Daoud.  Conversion has long been conceived of as a "one way street" between Islam and Christianity, by Muslims, Christians and secularists alike.  But that isn’t the reality, and Allam’s baptism is one of many who have passed from Islam to Christ.  It’s risky, but then again ministry to Muslims has always entailed risks, as the More than Dreams series is just one reminder.

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