Friday, 14 May 2010

Bridges of Faith Conference, Toronto

I am in Toronto, Canada for a three day conference arranged by the Evangelical Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group. The aim is to create a common framework for extended conversation between Evangelical Christian and Muslim scholars and religious leaders. The ultimate goal is to commit ourselves to a dialogue that will build a deep and lasting trust that will remain despite any obstacles that may arise. 

Participants include faculty from:

North Park University, Chicago
Wheaton College,Illinois
Hartford Seminary
Temple University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
Lake Forest College, Illinois
Nazareth College
Indiana University
Loyola University, Chicago 
Azusa Pacific University, California
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston
University of Western Ontario, 
St Mary University, Halifax
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanon, 
Near East School of Theology, Beirut
together with representatives of Sojourners, World Vision, and the World Islamic Call Society.

The keynote address tonight will be given by Dr Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Seminary.  The previous three conferences in Chicago, Tripoli and Pasadena have helped deepen understanding and respect between our faiths and enable participants to address differences constructively. 

At this weekend’s conference I am giving a paper on “Christian Jihad” – to help Muslims see that the ‘struggle’ for the Christian is internal and spiritual and not physical and military. The ‘Holy War’ we fight is not against flesh and blood…. (Ephesians 6).  

Last year's conference was held at Fuller Seminary. My paper there addressed the condition of Christians living as a minority under Islamic rule

My paper is entitled: The Christian Jihadist