On January 14, 2023, Dr. Esther Schirrmacher, an Islamic scholar who serves as Islamic Relations Coordinator at the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), presented a seminar on “Christianity and Islam – A Comparison” at the Bibellesebund (BLB).
The seminar day was intended to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of Christianity and Islam and to provide basic information. 15 participants were on site and 15 took part in the seminar via video conference. The contents included theological differences as well as individual movements of Islam and historical key data that lead to a better understanding of the Islamic religion and its rules. The role of the prophets and, not least, of Jesus in Islam were discussed, too. The religious everyday life of Muslims as well as the question of how to meet one’s Muslim fellow citizens in Germany were also addressed.
Schirrmacher urged the participants of the introductory seminar not to confuse formal similarities in Islam and Christianity with similarities in content, but to encounter Muslims without prejudice and also to see their reality of a spiritual life.