Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Symposium on Gülen and Erasmus published in book

The papers presented at the last year's "Erasmus and Gülen: Inspiration for Peace and Dialogue" symposium in Amsterdam, have been compiled into a book. The symposium was organized by the Dialoog Academie and Huis van Erasmus.

Former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt says in his introductory article for the book that the symposium showed how close the stance of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic scholar, and Desiderius Erasmus is despite clear differences in their thinking.

There are 500 years between these distinguished thinkers. During these years the world has changed drastically. Deep analyses handled in the symposium and included in this book are very valuable in every respect. Papers in this book show that education, instrumental in forming tolerance and similar values and whose sources are peace and respect, is required in every place and in every time period," van Agt noted, underlining similarities between a Christian humanist thinker such as Erasmus and an Islamic scholar such as Gülen, adding that the values they share, including peace and tolerance, will enlighten the road of today's societies, which face serious problems.
For more information about this symposium, please visit: http://www.huisvanerasmus.nl/algemeen/40/sub/41/Poster.html

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