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A Christian Initiative
For
Interfaith Dialogue

by
Dr. A. Roest Crolius S. J.

Center for Interfaith Understanding
Aligarh

2016
Center for Interfaith Understanding: Monograph - 13

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A Christian Initiative
For
Interfaith Dialogue

5

Introduction
Thinkers like Crollius do not belong to a single community; the
citizens of the world. Originally, the caption of the present monograph was to
be, “Interfaith Dialogue: as Historical Challenge & Religious Experience”. To
make it more definite, I changed it to. “A Christian Initiative for Interfaith
Dialogue”. I had to change it, perforce. The year 2016 necessitated it. The
original heading was quite valid when it was first conceived some four
decades back.
It is going back to some four decades when the global overlordship
was yet to wait for more than a decade to become uni-polar; when Islam
was still held in high esteem, at par with Christianity itself; and when the
Arab Oil mattered not so much as the Arab goodwill. The gates of Interfaith
understanding were being widely opened and Christian-Muslim joint
sessions were being frequently held, both in the East and the West. This
seemed to be a follow-up.
This seemed to be a follow-up of the great Ecumenical Council of
1960s, when the historical Fatwa was resolved to exonerate the Jews of the
Crucifixion of Jesus. When such a bold, unbelievable, step could have been
taken to end the Judo-Christian conflict for all times to come, why not
closing ranks with Muslims as well. that was the occasion: the bygone days
when Dr. Crollius first presented his monumental monograph which we are
sharing with you today.

Dr. Ary Roest Crollius S.J. (b.1933, Holland):
A

He entered the Society of Jesus on 7.9.1952: was
ordained priest on 30.6.1967. His Doctoral Thesis “The Word in
the Expereince of Revelation in Quran and Hindu Scriptures”;
Gregorian University, Rome, was published in 1974.

6

Dr. Crollius is one of the highly respected intellectuals representing the
Holy Vatican. By this model discourse on the subject, he earned our
gratitude; the gratitude still continues: will continue till his message is alive!
vibrating! God bless him.
I highly appreciated Father Crollius when he said:
“F

.”

I liked the Father when he came to a plain-speaking:
“There have been

.”

He proceeded to add:

.”

I began to love Fr. Crollius when he frankly raised the crucial issue and
instantly thrashed out the solution as well. A bold initiative it was: No matter
how much liked or disliked it stands. But he spoke with the depth of his heart,
and in the best interest of world peace. He raised the pertinent question:
of any two


7

.”

And he reached to an unexpected conclusion: A bold initiative indeed, more
so when coming from a missionary; and all the more courageous when emanating
from a Representative of the Holy See:

This is because, we cannot

As each one experiences the divine guida-

.”

The introduction has become too long. Now let us listen to the voice of the Vatican,
the noble Father Ary Roest Crollius, on the peace initiative.
A.R.B.

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