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Wow, some real big questions here that we must deal with.
I think Christians should team up with non-Christians (including Muslims) to make a better world. We wouldn't think twice about doing humanitarian work beside an atheist here in the U.S. (or would we?). I guess the main objection to not working with those outside the faith would be that we are in some way stamping our seal of approval on their beliefs. And I guess, in a sense, we are. We are saying the Christian worldview is about compassion and grace and the inherent dignity as humans made in God's image. And if a Muslim can agree with those things, we should be happy with that and eventually be able to graciously speak with them on these topics and where we think Christianity embraces those ideas more fully and clearly.
If one would disagree, then any non-Christian humanitarian action would be wrong, and that just doesn't make any sense.

In your view, are there limits at all to how far or much Christians could co-operate with other religions? In the Western Church universalism seems to be on the rise (i.e. see the Church's acceptance of "A New Earth" etc.). Should this matter at all to how the Church works with/cooperates with other religions?

Is that even a question we should be asking?

It's definitely a question we should be asking- a healthy sense of not blindly trusting ourselves should come into play here. But I think how the Church works with other religions will be dependent on the context. I understand the surge of universalism, but I don't think the Church would have to accept something like A New Earth in order to fight oppression. How we interact and at which levels will depend what the specific context might be.
In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity often has non-Christians working alongside Christians, as do halfway houses for battered wives, legal liaisons for troubled minors, crisis pregnancy centers, and a lot more. This is not seen as a weakness of the Church (or at least I hope) but as a strength.

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