According to a widely held interpretation two different theoretical positions are recorded in the work of Nicholas of Cusa’s regarding the dialogue between the religions. If the De pace fidei, a text written in 1453, proposes a peaceful and dialogical solution as an alternative to the clash of arms with the Turks, who are already at the doors of Europe after the fall of Constantinople, that of the Cribratio Alkorani of 1460-1461 appears highly critical of – and disrespectful towards – Islam. Although not wishing to deny the differences in approach between the two works, the present paper tries to identify the presence of certain common philosophical features which testify to how Cusanus’ theoretical proposal regarding the possibility of a dialogue between the religions posseses certain unitary and consistent characteristics. These shared elements must be identified in the criticism of every form of idolatry and in the search for and in an in-depth study of the common faith in the Deus absconditus. Yet, the close examination presented herein tries to show how the Cribratio Alkorani also provides certain further cues for reflection regarding the De pace fidei to be retraced in a reflection of a Trinitarian mould as a possible key to understanding interreligious relationships.
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