Answering a question: “How to live best alongside Muslims in Australia?”

I was asked recently to write an article for a Christian congregation’s monthly newsletter. The editor wanted me to answer the question “How to live best alongside Muslims in Australia?”

Clearly the question isn’t posed in the way that I would have put it, but nevertheless, I had a go at answering it in the limited word space I was allocated. I didn’t have long before the deadline, so what follows here is not the best researched or even the most thoughtful reply that I might have given, and clearly there is a lot more that can and must be said. But I hope it is a start for the conversation we need to have.

I have also since found myself coming back to it – especially to the two Jordan B. Peterson quotes. If there is any need to apologise for quoting Peterson (not once, but twice!), I will simply defend myself by saying that I was thinking about the question set for this article while listening to/reading his material, and these two quotations seemed apposite to the point under discussion.

You can read the article here.


About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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