Christians Critique Dialogue with Muslims & the Challenge of Missions
On June 14–17, 2009, about fifty Christian theologians from diverse geographical locations, various denominations, and different points on the Christian theological spectrum gathered in Larnaca, Cyprus, to discuss the world of Islam and the experience of Christian minorities living in Muslim-majority contexts. Sponsored by the Barnabas Fund, the conference focused on two important current issues: the Common Word initiative, and intra-Christian debates about the extent to which contextualization is acceptable in presenting the gospel to Muslims.
Conference papers covered both the academic and applied sides of the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations. The academic papers came first, and focused on the history of Islam, the nature of God and revelation as taught by Islam, and the various ways in which the concepts of umma (community), da’wa (mission) and shari’a law are understood in Islam.
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