This is an excerpt of the article originally published in The Republic, in May 2017, under the title: “Learning others’ faith builds bridges of understanding”, by Tim Orr.
It has been about four years since I walked into Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech High School to participate in a world religion panel. There were about five or six different representatives of various world religions present, including me, an evangelical Christian and a Muslim whom I would shortly befriend.
After the panel ended, I walked over to the Muslim participant, Nassim Khaled, and asked him if he would like to have lunch. He readily accepted my invitation.
This blossomed into a friendship that led to friendships with other Muslims in my community as well. Today, I have several Muslim friends in Columbus. Of course, those who know me well, know that it is difficult for me to be content with this not happening more often.
Before I continue, I must preface what I’m about to say by stating my beliefs, because misunderstanding can hamper the best of intentions. I am an evangelical Christian, so I don’t embrace the notion that there are many paths to salvation.
I believe that God … Continue Reading