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a material outcome of that Life which is in the Word of God and is the light of mankind, as John's Gospel teaches.  That Life, we should note, does not give light to Christians alone but to everyone.  So, in exactly the same way as the saints of the church have been reflections of that light, holy people outside the church have also shone with it, including Muhammad.
  We reach an intriguing and exciting paradox: the Qur'an as an outcome of the light of the Word may in its alien way have teachings to balance and enrich those given by Christian scripture, which is also an outcome of the light of the Word.  No wonder Islam disturbed John of Damascus, Francis and Luther.  For here is teaching that appears to contradict the Gospel, but which may still be accepted as bearing the touch of God.  Christians should maybe learn how to read with sympathy and humility what the Qur'an says, and bring it into relation with the teachings of the Bible.  If this took place, and Muslims mirrored it by studying Christian scripture, we might come to realise our two roads are really one, and find we could come to greet one another on the way with sincere signs of peace.


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