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Topic: History & Politics
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (Matthew 7:6). One interpretation of these strange words by Jesus understands “pigs” and “dogs” to…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics
Many Americans today associate the word “evangelical” with white Republicans, especially the large number who voted for Trump in the 2016 election. How did the word “evangelical” become disconnected from vibrant Christian faith and connected, instead, in popular usage at…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East
In June of 2019, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Professor of Islamic Studies Dr. Martin Accad wrote an article titled: “The Long-Awaited US Peace Plan, the So-Called “Deal of the Century,” Would Need a Whole Greater Deal of Justice to Succeed.”…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics
In the 16th Century, Martin Luther came across a short book detailing the religious rituals and customs of the Ottoman Turks. He was so impressed with the tract that he decided to reprint it with a new preface that he…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism
Rick Love’s life and legacy resonate deeply with the Zwemer Center of Muslim-Christian Relations at Columbia International University. As Ed Smither, Dean of Intercultural Studies at CIU, put it: “Rick loved Muslims and they loved him.” Yet, beyond his work…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism
Few questions regarding Islam are as salient to current events and public discourse as the relationship between Islam and violence, and few questions are as polarizing. Outsiders looking into the house of Islam have reached conflicting conclusions, with American Presidents…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism, Quran & Hadith
The Qur’an’s heavenly vision focuses on luxury, leisure and sensual pleasures. But the vision is distinctly religious and allows for no perversion whatsoever—at least, not as defined by the Qur’an. Many non-Muslims picture the qur’anic heaven as an eternal orgy…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine
The promises given to Abraham and all the prophecies in the OT have to be interpreted in the light of the coming of the kingdom of God in Jesus. The OT must therefore be read through the spectacles, the glasses,…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Book Review
Book Review: Margins of Islam: Ministry in Diverse Muslim Contexts (2018), edited by Gene Daniels and Warrick Farah and published by William Carey Publishing. Reviewed by Warren Larson, Senior Research Fellow and Professor, Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies, Columbia International…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Book Review, Israel and Palestine
Zionism is a very obvious example of religion bound up with politics. The majority of the early Zionists at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries were secular Jews, while the majority of orthodox Jews opposed…
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Topic: History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism, Faith & Practice, Radicalism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Book Review, Israel and Palestine, History & Politics, Middle East
There has been a dramatic decline in the number of Christians in the Middle East and they face some difficult dilemmas. At the time of the Islamic Conquests in the 7th century, a few thousand Muslim Arabs were ruling over…
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