Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America. He completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Catholic Theological University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He worked as an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. He authored World Religions in Dialogue: A Comparative Theological Approach and Sharing Lights on the Way to God.
“What is important in the way in which both Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet tradition engages in this dialogue with others is exactly this exactly combination of being rooted in their own tradition and working from their own tradition and taking the fruits of their own tradition and trying to open that up to the broader public.”
“Gulen, somewhere in his writings says, if you take that as a kind of a hermeneutical key to interpret the Quran, then you can say, well, that means for us, contemporary Muslims that we have the obligation to live peacefully together with others and we have to promote everything that contributes to peace among people of religion and we have to work against everything that works against peace. So, I think that is a quite good example of how he interprets his own sources.”
“One of the things that the Hizmet Movement does is to help us to see how you can translate these deeper sources of Islam into the modern world. When you compare it with most other Muslim groups that you hear much about in the media, I think this is one of the few groups that really combines openness to a dialogue between cultures and religions, on the one hand, and a rootedness in their own tradition on the other. “
“When political power becomes too much of a goal for people, they are under the threat to become detached from their own roots.”