My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As someone primarily interested in the history of mission to Muslims, I wanted to make this document available to researchers around the world. It is, after all, a rare document and quite difficult to find. I have no interest in either approving or criticizing the strategy proposed by this report. The report was composed by Henry Riggs with the aim of summarizing the findings of the 1938 meeting of the Near East Christian Council (NECC) which took place in Lebanon.
The main section is B.6:
6. It is the conviction of large number of workers among Moslems that the ultimate hope of bringing Christ to the Moslems is to be attained by the development of groups of followers of Jesus who are active in making Him known to others while remaining loyally a part of the social and political groups to which they belong in Islam. The ideal is that there should thus come into being a church whose only head is Christ, and which does not carry the stigma of being an alien institution, drawing men away from their natural social and political connections. In spite of the stupendous difficulties in the way of such an outcome,many workers are convinced that only as the spiritual significance of Christ is thus separated from external and unhappy connections in past and present can the way be opened for the power of Christ to do its work in the Moslem world.
This is, in a nutshell, the Insider Movement strategy of mission to Muslims–not seeking to make Muslims into Christian, but Sunni Muslims into ‘followers-of-Jesus’ Muslims.
Also note that to my knowledge the pagination on this document is not the same as the original.
The complete biblio of this source is, according to WorldCat, as follows:
Riggs, Henry H. 1938. Near East Christian Council inquiry on the Evangelization of Moslems: Report. Beirut: American Mission Building.
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