Islam poses several challenges to today’s world. There are the popular uprisings against political leaders in many Muslim-majority countries, the Arab Spring, for example. There is the mass-migration of Muslims to Europe, Germany in particular.
In the 21st century in certain parts of our world, Islam has become the major force confronted by evangelical Reformed Christians. Missions, evangelism, and apologetics are all involved in responding Christianly to the challenge of Islam. How can/should Christians deal with this challenge so that the challenge, in fact, becomes a Kingdom opportunity?
Some religious leaders believe that there are moral and ethical "points of contact" between conservative Islam and evangelical Christianity. Are there? And if there are, how should these "points of contact" be utilized? But in addition to possible moral and ethical "points of contact" between Islam and Christianity, some scholars believe that there are theological "points of contact" between Christianity and Islam, that both religions share, for example, a "common word" and perhaps even worship the same God.
At our 2010 General Assembly in Edinburgh, a decision was made to commit the resources of the WRF to an intensive study of how we might assist our members in understanding Islam and in ministering in the context of Islam and that Consultation was carried out in November of 2011
This section provides materials from that Consultation and other materials as well.
This essay aims to explore the answers to two questions concerning apostasy (riddah/murtad) in Islam: (1) Can one leave Islam? (2) What are the Muslim community’s responses to those who leave Islam or indicated the decision to do so? As reminded by Malaysian Christian theologian Ng Kam Weng, I am aware that “it is not the business of the Christian to tell Muslims how they should hold their beliefs.”
Bill Nikides (18 February 2011)
Embracing Islam through the Backdoor: A Review of A Deadly Misunderstanding: A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide (New York: Harper Collins, 2008).