Moscow, June 23, Interfax - Professor of the Moscow Theological Academy Archdeacon Andrey Kurayev warns against praising the principle of tolerance.
"We'd better stop praising tolerance and discuss if Christians and Muslims are compatible in the present-day world," he said in his interview to the Den za Dnyom Estonian weekly.
Developing the theme of two world religions coexistence, Fr. Andrey expressed the opinion that they are compatible in case they are "secular enough."
"It's not a problem for Christianity as Christ said, "Render unto God the things that are God's and unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's." Islam doesn't separate religion and state, there always be Muslim theologians to say this generally accepted for Europe principle contradicts the Quran. Their tactics is clear: while they make a minority, they speak of secularism and equality, but as soon as Muslims make more than a half population, they will demand total control," the theologian believes.