By Michael Ipgrave

A checklist of the fourth "Building Bridges" seminar held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, may well 15-18, 2005, an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian family members cosponsored by way of the president's place of work of Georgetown collage and the Archbishop's place of work of the Church of britain. comprises 15 chapters reading 3 themes: religion and nationwide id in Christian and Muslim standpoint; governance and justice in Christian and Muslim standpoint; and worrying jointly for the area we percentage. This quantity offers the texts of the general public lectures which addressed every one of those themes, including local shows on problems with citizenship, non secular believing and belonging, and the connection among executive and religion--both from the instant state of affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina and from 3 context additional afield: Britain, Malaysia, and West Africa. contributors incorporated Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islam reports, collage of Freibourg; John Langan, SJ, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Professor of Catholic Social proposal, Georgetown; Frances younger, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, college of Birmingham; and Mona Siddiqui, senior lecturer in Arabic and Islamic experiences, Glasgow collage. the 1st 3 construction Bridges seminars have been released through Church condominium, the alternate publishing arm of the Church of britain.

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It seems that this is the message that the Serbian Orthodox Church wishes to reinstate in European Bosnia and the European Balkans: both as an unavoidable self-critique (of perhaps failing always to distinguish vigorously and to prevent true faith from being manipulated along lines of politicized ‘‘religious recourses’’)70 and as an instigation for (our) others to keep reexamining their own positions of religious-cultural and sociopolitical behavior. 71 Because these are its own (complementary and internal, not necessarily external) voices, rising from within the ‘‘muted’’ but inerasable Balkan (br)other(s), the Balkans present ‘‘Europe’’ with a horizon for painful but cathartic further self-understanding.

Against this tendency are the redemptionists. Although they too regard the Incarnation as important, they also emphasize the Cross where there is a decisive battle between Good and Evil. While creation, for them, is fundamentally good, they take due account of the pervasive effects of the Fall, particularly on the social, economic, and political structures of human society. Although they are prepared to work with these structures, they refuse to sacralize them and, most importantly, refuse to confuse the church with them.

Bosnia-Herzegovina is an internationally recognized country where citizens of three ethnic communities share common needs for jobs and for tolerant neighborly relations but do not share the same dream of statehood or nationhood. Let me give an example. Three members of Parliament, of the Socialist Party, recently made a draft of a law on public holidays. Their draft was taken into consideration by the respective Commission of Parliament, and on May 11, 2005, a public discussion of the draft took place in the Parliament building.

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