Pelikan's views on plurality are wonderful, but it's hard to hear him dismiss Islam as intolerant is difficult for me (...if we are too wait for Muslims to embrace this tolerance, "...we'd better fasten our seatbelts."). There are millions of Muslims worldwide whose ability to reconcile the truth of their beliefs with a respect for the dignity of contrasting beliefs. What limits a person's ability to dignify belief s/he does not share are poverty, lack of education, political oppression and injustice and poor mental health. We have seen many Christian terrorists, and somehow we don't implicate their religion as a factor in their actions. Pelikan may be a great thinker, but he falls down here. On this point he is as myopic as many of his less thoughtful and enlightened coreligionists can be in their lesser moments.
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