Muslims and Evangelicals Form Joint Working Group to Counter Extremism

April 28, 2020

In a recent article published in Providence, RFI Senior Fellow Paul Marshall highlights the creation of a joint working group between the world’s largest Muslim organization, Islam Nusantara, and one of the world’s largest Christian organizations, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).

Islam Nusantara is based in Indonesia and has more than 90 million members. WEA is an international organization of evangelical churches that draws together more than 600 million Christians from national alliances in 130 countries. This joint undertaking aims “to counter two threats to religious freedom and to society more broadly: religious extremism and secular extremism.”

Pointing to the core of this momentous project, Marshall includes a portion of a joint statement by two leaders of the working group, C. Holland Taylor of Islam Nusantara and Thomas K. Johnson of WEA: 

Many thoughtful observers have expressed concern about a renewed clash between Christian and Muslim civilizations… the world needs to know that a major Christian body and a major Muslim body are not only at peace with one another, but have pledged to cooperate for the betterment of humanity. This is not the peace of shared religious beliefs; it is the peace of compatible approaches to life in society.

Read the full article: Muslims and Evangelicals form Joint Working Group to Counter Extremism

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