Vil pavens Regensburg-foredrag om noen år vurderes som et vendepunkt i Vestens forståelse av Islam og muslimers forhold til jihad-ideologien?
Den kjente Vatikan-reporteren, John Allen, skriver følgende avslutning i en artikkel i New York Times for et par dager siden:
Through his statements … Benedict clearly hopes to stimulate Islamic leaders to express their faith effectively in a pluralistic world. The big question is whether it will be received that way, or whether it simply reinforces the conviction of jihadists about eternal struggle with the Christian West.
Richard Neuhaus i First Things skriver mye om pave Benedikts foredrag i Regensburg, siterer en del fra Johan Allens artikkel, og avslutter sin kommentar slik:
That is the big question. Moving all of us toward an answer to that question is one of the great gifts of what might be called the “Regensburg moment.” It is quite possible that ten years from now people will look back at the Regensburg lecture and the responses to it as a turning point in the West’s understanding of Islam and its relationship to the jihadist ideology that is devoted to world conquest by any means necessary.