STATEMENT / POSITION PAPER OF THE PARTICIPANTS TO THE
CHRISTIAN-MUSLIN DIALOGUE ON MORAL
AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
APRIL 7-8, 2005, LAS BRISAS RESORT, ANTIPOLO CITY
ORGANIZED BY THE
Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Inc.
AND SUPPORTED BY THE
Baitul Hidaya Foundation and World Islamic Call Society
We, the members of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines, and the participants of this dialogue,
both Christians and Muslims, hereby assert the following principles:
- That the tension between Filipino Christians and Muslims is not a matter of radical, doctrinal and religious differences,
but of inaccurate conceptual and affective misrepresentations of the each others’ group;
That, as such, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues between Filipino Christians and Muslims are a need of our
That real inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues must be premised on:
love and respect for the person, particularly other
- The human person is a human subject and has a higher value than
things or objects. All human persons enjoy the same dignity and equal rights, and are all equal in the eyes of God. Hence
everyone, Christian, Muslim, and other dominations, must work for that proper attitude of loving and respecting human life
and human dignity.
understanding and sensitivity to our differences
– While people belong to different nations and have different
religions, cultures and practices, these differences should not be the source of conflict among them. People of different
cultures and religions must understand each others’ beliefs and be sensitive to differences, and must transcend these
differences and work for harmony among themselves.
genuine concern, trust and sincerity
- When there are certain ideas or interests that cannot be easily reconciled,
and when there are seemingly irreconcilable differences, the best option is a genuine concern, trust and sincerity. In genuine
concern and sincerity one need not abandon his own stand point but tries to extend one’s hand over the other in a dialogue
characterized by respect and sensitivity.
the attitude of solidarity
- Man lives and acts together with his fellow men, forming a human community. Daily life
must be based on the constant readiness to accept and to realize one's share in the community; with this attitude, the person
does what he is supposed to do because he has in his view the benefit of the whole.
- That real inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogues must quash the existing cultures of suspicion and hatred between
Filipino Christians and Filipino Muslims;
That the goal of such dialogues is not to force one group to submit to the ideas and logic of the other group, but to
sort out our similarities and differences and make them stepping stones towards our creation of a modern pluralistic nation;
That it is possible to have a single Filipino nation and state amidst a diverse Filipino religions and cultures;
That we, as teachers and students of philosophy, have the moral obligation to become agents of such dialogues;
That we, as workers in the Philippine academe, have to consciously bring such dialogues into our educational system;
That we condemn all forms of violence and similar acts that undermine all efforts to bring Christians and Muslims together
towards harmony and peace.
We further expressed that amidst the skepticism, suspicion and hate, what we need is the light of understanding,
of respect and concern for one another.
It is through understanding our respective faiths, beliefs and values that we can overcome the skepticism that
prevails on both sides.
It is by respecting the other, his beliefs and values, his practices and norms, that we can overcome our suspicious
attitudes and stance towards the other.
And it is through our genuine concern for the welfare of the other that we can overcome the hate that prevails
in our hearts.
In spirit of genuine dialogue and inspired by the efforts of Pope John Paul II, a tireless advocate of inter-religious
and inter-cultural dialogue we hope that what we have started in this conference will continue to grow and eventually bear
fruit: a lasting harmony among us, Christians, Muslims and people of other religions and genuine peace in our land.
We resolve to continue this sincere dialogue which we started, to promote the attitude of respect, concern,
sincerity, sensitivity, trust, love and solidarity with one another, and to spread spirit of real dialogue beyond limits of
rational and intellectual discourse.
Abila, Sanley S.
Aguas, Jove Jim S. Ahmed, Gamal N.
Alamer, Alfredo T.
Altez, Fleurdeliz R. Angeles, Moses Aaron I.
Aspra, Mark Edwin T.
Atienza, Garland U. Azada,
Rowena Anthea B.
Babor, Eddie R.
Bacungan, Ian Irving C. Baldoz, Maria Rebymart
Benitez, Gherold C.
Bernaldez, Pedro B. Boňe, Augusto B.
Buňag, Ronald Q.
Cabauagan, Joyce Anne G Cabauatan, Patricio R.
Cacho, Allan Louise A. Cainglet,
Camacho, Gianfrancis S.
Capili, April D. Chingcuanco, Wilson O. Contreras, Jeric G.
David, Sofia A.
Delacruz, El Mithra M. Demeterio, Feorillo A.
Diamante, Oscar R.
Domingo, Emmanuel R. Dy,
Manuel B. Jr.
Flores, Adolben A.
Flores, Calvin P.
Garcia, Joel S. PCG
Gripaldo, Rolando M. Guiam, Rufa C.
Guimba, Salem P.
Hermida, Ranilo B.
Hernandes, Geraldine Faye L. Hernandez, Michael Roland F.
Katipunan, Dan Frederic L. Khalid, Philip O.
Layson, Fr. Roberto D.
Lopez, Rufino S. III
Luna, Wendyl M.
Mabaquiao, Napoleon M. Jr.
Magsino, Ma. Asuncion L. Mariano, Michael Ner E.
Marollano, Carmelo A.
Mazo, Rommel M.
Mejia, Melanie P.
Mejos, Dean Edward A
Mendoza, Salud Katrina D. Miralles, Christian Lorden A.
Miroy, Jovino D.
Montaňa, Robert A. Obusan, Rogelio A.
Padua, Maybelle Marie O.
Palcon, Gerardo B.
Paraggua, Rachelle M. Patanindagat, Mae Joy
Perez, Darlito A.
Pielago, Jameel Joshua A. Plaza, Paulo S.
Ponsaran, Marciana Agnes G. Quiliao, Gladys Claire V.
Realeza, Ma. Frances Joanna E.
Reyes, Kristhianne Dionne M. Reyes, Mira T.
Rosario, Tomas, G. Jr.
Salvacion, Emmanuel C.
Sanchez, Frederick D. Sanglapan, Amerol
Sario, Alvin A.
Sayedy, Abdulrafin H. Secio, Fr. Achilles G.
Siddayao, Fr. Felizardo Boyet L. Soh, Andrew K.L.
Soria, Muhamad A.
Soriano, Fernando Abdullah Tan, Alvin O.
Tan, Armando L.
Toralba, Corazon T.
Tria, Fr. Wilmer S.
Tubera, Mc Greggy R.
Vergara, Joaquin Leandro S. C. Zagada,
Fr. Manuel H.