Faisal Malick, “Here comes Ishmael: the Kairos moment for the Muslim people”

Here Comes Ishmael: The Kairos Moment For The Muslim PeopleHere Comes Ishmael: The Kairos Moment For The Muslim People by Faisal Malick
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Faisal Malick is a Christian ex-Muslim. These conversion narratives are always interesting to me, but he barely mentions his own conversion in this book. That is what I had hoped to find when I procured the book.

What he does focus on is an allegorical or eschatological treatment of certain biblical passages, mostly from Genesis, about Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael and Esau. From these passages he proposes that we are now living at a point in human history where God will bring large numbers of Muslims into the Kingdom of God. In explaining the reality of Islamic terrorism he explains that these Muslims have inherited the spirit of Esau. But not to fear, most Muslims inherit the spirit of Ishmael and God will hear their cry.

But this is not all. Large numbers of Muslims coming into the Church, along with their money (and he explicitly mentions this), will provoke the Jews to jealousy, and they too will (finally) believe in their true Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

This sort of treatment of biblical material is quite common in each generation. It is part of regular life, I suppose, to read Scripture and assume that prophetic events are being fulfilled in our days. I personally remained very unconvinced of his approach to Scripture. Though he is right on one point–that today more Muslims are converting to Christianity than at any time since the birth of Islam.

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Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information.

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