Tagged with Muhammad

Should Christians Quote Muhammad?

Should Christians Quote Muhammad?

This article was first published in the January print edition of Christianity Today. Christians breathed a sigh of relief last October when Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five on death row, of blasphemy charges against Islam. What many might not have noticed was the Islamic rationale. Whether or not she … Continue reading

Covenantal Theology: Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

Covenantal Theology: Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

This article was first published at Christianity Today, on December 21. Christians esteem the biblical progression of covenants—Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic—finalized by Jesus as he ushered in the New. But for the sake of religious freedom in the Muslim world, should they embrace a further covenant: Muhammadian? Recent scholarship suggests the potential promise, newly fulfilled in … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Atheism and Insult

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Atheism and Insult

God, Words injure. Ideas have consequences. Give Egypt wisdom and strength of character to tread righteously in irreligious waters. For Charlie Hebdo insists on staying in the headlines. The head of the Azhar called for Muhammad cartoons to be ignored, while a pro-Brotherhood scholar called for demonstrations and international blasphemy laws. Many expressed anger and … Continue reading

Salafi Muslims and American Thanksgiving

Salafi Muslims and American Thanksgiving

From Christianity Today, a very interesting article about an evangelical historian who challenges the received traditions of the Puritans: In 1623, Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford proclaimed the first Thanksgiving. “The great Father,” he declared, “has given us this year an abundant harvest…and granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our … Continue reading

Islam and Europe: Polemics or Engagement?

Islam and Europe: Polemics or Engagement?

Polemics are poison to interfaith relations. Unfortunately the salve of dialogue and cooperation often fails to make as wide an impression, leaving wary religious communities under the assumption of mutual opposition. Polemics reduces ambiguity and nuance, allowing the non-specialist citizen to appreciate his or her own heritage when challenged by ideologies of a foreign ‘other’. … Continue reading

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ (opens in a Word document) – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at every … Continue reading

Is Islam by Nature Political?

From Ahram Online, an op-ed arguing on behalf of Islamists, that Islam is essentially political: A final point. Some of the opposition figures keep invoking the term “political Islam,” as if the term were a source of shame to Islamists. Well, political Islam is not the invention of the Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamists. It … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: The Innocence of Muslims

Friday Prayers for Egypt: The Innocence of Muslims

God, Give Egypt the grace to get out of the moment. Literally speaking, bring peace to troubled areas, give peace to troubled hearts. End this contagion to protect lives, property, and the reputation of Islam. Figuratively speaking, help Egypt and the world to see the big picture. Encouraging transitions are underway across the region. Dictators … Continue reading