Before his visit to Turkey, we examined Pope Benedict XVI's controversial remarks on Islam. Our readers looked beyond a clash of civilizations and encouraged soul searching among all faiths

It would be better if Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders would seek open dialogue with Muslim clerics rather than confront them with inflammatory debate [Nov. 27]. Christianity and Islam have glorious yet violent pasts; both have lost their way with stubborn claims to exclusive truth and the consequent rise of intolerant fundamentalism. Leaders of neither religion can claim the moral high ground, given their failure...

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