“Dialogue with Islam is impossible”

So declares head of Jesuit order in interview with John Allen. He says, “Some who are favorable to theological dialogue with Muslims forget that at a certain point, you have to choose.” Well, of course. That’s true of theological dialogue with anyone. I’ve had much fruitful theological dialogue with Muslims–and there are volumes upon volumes of documentation of such dialogues through the centuries.

He says,

Often in Beirut, Muslims would ask me: ‘How is it possible that an educated person, a professor, believes in three gods?’ Obviously, they were referring to the Christian dogma of the Trinity. That’s an example of the difficulties of dialogue.

No, that’s an example of the necessity of dialogue, and an example of a possible starting point for dialogue.