Though the parallel shouldn't be pushed too far, in some ways Christian-Muslim relations today might be compared to where things stood with personal computers back in the early 1980's. Everybody knew PC's were the future, but they wouldn't change the world until a simple, appealing, and reasonably standard way of making them work emerged.
In a similar fashion, everybody knows today that dialogue with Islam is critical to the future. The "market" however, has not yet settled on a clear model for how it ought to work, who we should be talking to, what we should be talking about, and what we should expect from those conversations. Until that happens, Christian-Muslim relations will remain a bit like the early days of computing … the rarefied pursuit of experts typing in strings of DOS commands to run even simple operations. - John Allen, National Catholic Reporter (click below for full article)