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From Edinburgh to Georgetown: Anglican Interfaith Bridge-Building

Douglas Pratt


In 1910 Anglicans participated in the Edinburgh Missionary conference at which the issue of the relation of Christianity to other faiths was raised in a new and serious way. A century later, the ninth of the Christian–Muslim Building Bridges seminar series, begun in 2002 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. George Carey, took place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In between these two events there lies a century of Anglican engagement in interfaith activities which, after a slow beginning, gathered forceful momentum during the latter part of the twentieth century and produced some distinctive Anglican perspectives and contributions, especially in the first decade of the twenty-first century. This essay highlights key markers and phases in the overall process, and attempts to discern the Anglican voice in interfaith engagement, especially in regard to theological dimensions and concerns.

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