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US Priest Says Islam Christianity Are United: CEN 6.08.07 p1. June 7, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Islam, The Episcopal Church.
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It is possible to be an Episcopal priest while being a Muslim, the former director of faith formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, has claimed in an interview with her diocesan newspaper.

The Rev. Ann Holmes Redding told the Diocese of Olympia’s Episcopal Voice that “the way I understand Jesus is compatible with Islam.” While some Christians and Muslims “think I must convert from one to the other, the more I go down this path the more excited I am about both Christianity and Islam,” she said.

“I was following Jesus and he led me into Islam, and he didn’t drop me off at the door. He’s there too,” said Dr. Redding, whose CV states she earned a doctorate in New Testament studies from Union Theological Seminary in New York and was formerly on the staff of the Episcopal Church’s General Theological Seminary and an assistant professor of New Testament Studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta before joining St. Mark’s in 2001.

Islam and Christianity were complementary she suggested and that the Muslim profession of faith, “there is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” did not contradict anything in Christianity. Nor did the professions made at a Christian baptism contradict anything in Islam, Dr. Redding said.

“For me to become a human being means to identify solely with the will of God. Islam gives me the tools to do that,” she explained.

The conflicts over the nature and person of Jesus between Christianity and Islam do not hinder Dr. Redding’s profession of both faiths. “We Christians, in struggling to express the beauty and dignity of Jesus and the pattern of life he offers, describe him as the ‘only begotten son of God.’ That’s how wonderful he is to us. But that is not literal,” she told her diocesan newspaper.

“When we say Jesus is the only begotten one, we are saying he’s unique in some way. Islam says the same thing. He’s the only human aside from Adam who is directly created by God, and he’s different from Adam because he has a human mother. So there’s agreement—this person is unique in his relationship to God,” she said.

“I agree with both because I do want to say that Jesus is unique, and for me, Jesus is my spiritual master,” said Dr. Redding.

On March 25 Dr. Redding was made redundant at St. Mark’s Cathedral due to financial pressures. However a spokesman for the diocese told The Church of England Newspaper she remained a priest in good standing within the Episcopal Church and that her views were not problematic for the diocesan bishop.

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1. Bruce Robinson - June 18, 2007

As an Associated Press article in The Columbian, WA said it: Dr Redding is a bridge person between Christianity and Islam.

The world desperately needs bridge people.

Regards
Bruce Robinson
ReligiousTolerance.org

2. Iqra Mumal - June 23, 2007

The world desperately needs bridge people.

3. cw - March 28, 2008

thanks for shareing this information to me, it brings a door for me to consider the possability of combineing ,…i thank youall for the ideas, and the creator be with you

A. B. - March 10, 2010

Thank you very much for this article. The world needs to know, learn and understand this major fact about Christianity and Islam. I totally agree with Dr. Redding. The principal of faith is the same in the Qur’an and the Bible: Beleive in One and only One God. This has been the claim of all God’s messengers ( peace be upon them all) from Abraham to Mohamed including Moses and Jesus Christ. We all need to come together and understand that fact and be unified for the fulfiment fo God’s purpose which is to live our life as one family.
Yes we can still hold our spiritual leaders to our highest standard or homage but we need to know and put God to the highest off all. We owe this to the scripture and ultimately to God almighty.

4. Jefferson Craddock - February 15, 2011

As a resident of the Middle East for over 25 years and as a practicing Episcopalian, I can admire Ann Redding’s desire to bring people of different faiths closer together. But Muslims, although worshipping the God of Abraham, etc. etc. who is the God of Jesus, must deny Jesus’s role of Redeemer. Even the most liberal Muslims must refute that concept in order to maintain their Islamic identity. Islam teachers there was no crucifion of Christ — done with the specific Quranic purpose of making a sacrifice of the Creator, by the Creator, an historical impossibility.
Comments, please, Rev. Redding?


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