Your Blog Author is off to Baton Rouge for a conference of the National Association of Islamic Scholars. I will be presenting a paper on utilitarian trends in modern Islamic law and theology, and proposing a Christian alternative-
This is my concluding paragraph- ahem-
Perhaps most importantly, the maslaha conversation can approach significant dialogue among the Abrahamic theologies, since the themes of maslaha tend to resonate deeply with fundamental principles within the Jewish and Christian traditions. Themes relevant to maslaha resonate particularly with Christians' self-identification of their tradition as a liberating and humanizing influence for the benefit of all persons equally, both believers and non-believers, and with Christian principles which validate social/legal policies according to highly generalized notions of the common good and public interest, regardless of religious commitment.
I am scared.