Professor Gregory Baum retired from McGill University as a Professor of Theological Ethics in the Faculty of Religious Studies. He is currently associated with the Jesuit Center for Justice and Faith in Montreal. Prof. Baum holds a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Ohio State University and a Th.D. from the University of Fribourg. Between the years 1962-2004, he served as the editor of The Ecumenist, a review of theology, culture and society. He was a theological advisor at the Ecumenical Secretariat during the Church Council Vatican II.
” First of all, the positive attitude toward the sciences, that is a point that he [Fethullah Gulen] made. … Then he has a social ethic. A social ethic which he calls compassion. That includes tolerance, dialog, and understanding. … then Gülen puts an enormous emphasis on education. … Fourthly, he supports very much work and enterprise … Then I have here the fifth point. In his writings, and this is quite remarkable and admirable, he supports pluralism. … ”
” I would say that the Gülen Movement, about which I have read, puts all of these ideas into practice. And so I have great admiration for his thought.”
” Every religion is challenged by modernity. This is an enormous problem for all the religions. And they have to wrestle, how to react to it. And one reaction is to cling in a rigid way to the past and to say “no” to the modern society. And this is a kind of fundamentalist choice. And you find this in all religions. In Christianity you find this, in Judaism you find this, in Islam you find this. Another reaction is a creative reaction. That you listen to what is taking place in modernity, you are critical of the destructive potential of modern society, but you recognize the insights, the dimensions of humanization, the positive elements, and you support these positive elements. And therefore Gülen is an example of the creativity of religions in the response to modernity.”