I have to admit that the Dove World Outreach Church’s plan to burn Qur’ans on Saturday is one of the stupidest things I have heard of in a long time.
The reason is simple: it is impossible to share our Christian faith with Muslims (have meaningful dialogue, if you please) unless we have a knowledge of the basics of Islam. In turn, it is impossible to understand Islam without a reasonable knowledge of the Qur’an. And, when we do, we discover that a great deal of conventional wisdom (by Muslims and others) about the Qur’an falls by the wayside. (A good example of this can be found here, concerning the alleged corruption of the Christian scriptures.)
I have had extended dialogue with Muslims over the years. Without this knowledge I would have been unable to defend my own faith let alone discuss theirs.
Put another way, if the Dove World Outreach Church would take the Qur’an’s they have collected (the ones in English, at least) and have a course on sharing their Christian faith with Muslims, they and everyone else would be way ahead. Muslims wouldn’t necessarily like it any better than burning the Qur’an, but the result would be change that they could believe in.