Different Books, Common Word

I just learned that Different Books, Common Word is going to air on Knoxville’s WATE Sunday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m.  If you do not live in the Knoxville area, check with the your ABC station to find out when it will be on in your area. This documentary looks at ways that some Baptists and Muslims are learning to talk with each other.

From Boston to the Bible Belt and from Beaumont to the nation’s beltway, Baptists and Muslims are changing history with the way they change each other. Tired of being defined by extremists, some Baptists and Muslims in the United States have sought and found common ground: the common word in both traditions to love God and love neighbor. The courageous Baptists and Muslims in “Different Books, Common Word” will surprise you.


13 thoughts on “Different Books, Common Word

  1. Aaron Weaver on Bl.com said you had blogged about this.
    Proud of you.
    Hope you announce in church Sunday and let us know at Bl.com that you got word to FBC Knoxville as well.

    Strong stuff, and very good. I caught it last week, on same station Billy Graham himself had opportunity to view.

    On another note, check my blog on Knoxville and Suttree. Got a great link there.
    Would love to know if you ever reference it in a sermon. Lot of ways to go; as you know Cormac McCarthy same fellow who wrote No Country for Old Men and the Road.

    Blessings. Take Scott Erwin out to lunch soon, and or ride with him down to Ft. Payne for grand Cracker Barrel chat.


    • Was their any promo in the News Sentinel. And please Ed S Winters, let us know at bl.com if any follow up or you have do a blog review.

      Just link it there.

      Do you feel it in anyway attempted to “lump” Christians in with Muslims.
      I didn’t see it that way but others have and they resented it.


      • I think it’s a great initiative, that’s how it should be, we should learn about each other and we should “engage”. I know a lot of Muslims personally and I think most of them are great people with great values. It just depends if we are trying to find negative stuff about a religion/race, and that’s what going on with Muslims right now. Media, politics, foreign policy and so called “war of terror” is totally focused on the negative/bad people which is not hard to find in any culture/religion.


  2. Stephen,

    I thought that Different Books, Common Word made it pretty clear that Christians are not Muslims and Muslims are not Christians. What it did say is that both Muslims and Christians are human beings and as such should be able to work together for the common good of humanity without compromising their religious convictions.


    • I disagree, should get to know a Muslim, it’s 99.9% same stuff from both books and what we Christians believe in, instead of listening to stupid Priests or Scholars, do some research and see what’s common not what’s different.


      • I appreciate your disagreement. Thanks for engaging in this conversation. While I am not overly familiar with Islam and its teaching, I am reasonably sure that there differences in the two religions. This does not mean that the two cannot find common ground from which to do good in the world.


      • Sorry, don’t mean to be too critical but how are you reasonably sure about the differences when you are not overly familiar with Islam? Maybe that difference that you are thinking is the part that you are not familiar with 🙂
        Just a different way to look at it.
        -Paul R.


    • To the extent that I am familiar with Islam, my sense is that Christians and Muslims have a different understandings of what God expects of them. As I said early those differences should not keep Christians and Muslims from in engaging in cooperative ventures for the common good.


    • The daily rituals in Islam are clearly spelled out. Muslims all around the World are expected to observe the same prayer pattern wherever they are. Christianity lacks that sort of set, detailed expectation.

      Another difference lies in the area of separation of religion and state. Most “christian” countries have secular governments. Most Islamic countries do not.


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