Scriptural Reasoning is a wonderful way to encounter different textual traditions and to learn more about one’s own tradition as well as others. When the explicit goal is close encounter with the text, deep learning can result about a whole range of issues relating to our faiths – seemingly accidentally.
Rose Aslan, PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, immersed herself in Scriptural Reasoning for three weeks at the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme Summer School. Here she writes about her experience for the Huffington Post.
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SR is a place where to welcome and be hosted at the same time. What has been important for me was getting to know my SR colleagues more than their opinion. What we share when we enter the SR room is the text which is in front of us. That means that I do my best to read it with the other group members, to think about it with them, to benefit from the other’s reading of it – all without thinking that we have to come to a common understanding.
For me Scriptural Reasoning is a powerful tool for change and understanding. Indeed, discussing with people from other traditions and culture about religious texts that we do not know or think we know, creates new knowledge and new ways of seeing our respective texts.