Christian-Muslim Dialogue Possible?
The mind of mankind in the 21st Century is badly divided, first (and maybe foremost) between the aggrandizing materialist ideology that has captured the left in the West and increasingly lacks respect--or even tolerance for--competing world views. That's why, for example, the more narrow concept of "freedom of worship" has replaced "freedom of religion" in the hierarchy of progressive values.
Meanwhile, serious religious Jews consistently outperform their relatively tiny numbers in many fields--including moral philosophy and public life--and have effected with Christians alliances today that might have amazed our forebears. Hinduism is huge, but geographically constrained, it seems, and is not evangelizing. Likewise, several other large faith communities.
The struggle among the faithful globally is therefore between Christianity, the largest religion--and one growing in the developing world--and Islam, some portions of which are militantly expansionist and eager for conquest, and some of which are quite peaceful.
Can't there be a dialogue between Christianity and Islam? That was the provocative question explored by Pope Benedict XVI. But, as the Pope found, this is perilous territory, in part because, while Christians of Evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox expressions, have been moved to increased historically new mutual respect and collaboration in recent decades, Islam is appears torn into a number of factions that, country by country, battle one another, often, of course, in serious warfare.