Publication: An Exploration of Christ’s Converts from Islam

I recently published this article in the Journal of Asian Mission (Vol 15:2, October 2014). Here is the abstract:

Multiple studies exist on why some Muslims convert to Christianity. This article will summarize the findings of these studies and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. The article ends by suggesting some modifications to possible reasons or categories for better understanding the reasons given by Muslims converting to Christ.

Check it out at at my academia page.

The full title is “An Exploration of Christ’s Converts from Islam: Reasons Given for their Conversions”.

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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 at-large lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (www.tciis.org), and deacon at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

2 thoughts on “Publication: An Exploration of Christ’s Converts from Islam”

  1. I believe these ten factors (from my study) combine the strengths of the major studies of MBB conversions while also resolving their weaknesses that you note in the above article (ranked according to prominence):
    1. Engagement with Scripture – A “reading” study of the Bible (either alone or in a group), examining its truthfulness, and interested in the content.
    2. Observed Lifestyle of Christians – Witnessing the integrity, character, and love of other believers (either local or expatriate).
    3. Dissatisfaction with “Islam” and/or the Local Community – Negatively affected by the hypocritical behavior of some fundamentalist Muslims, or perceiving the sectarian, violent nature of political Islam.
    4. Friendship with Believers (Local or Expatriate) – Forming meaningful, social bonds of relationships.
    5. Fascination with Jesus – An explicit attraction to Jesus’ personality, deeds, and work in salvation ( and resurrection).
    6. Supernatural Events – Experiencing a dream, vision, physical healing, or miraculous answer to prayer.
    7. Psychological Distress – An internal motive causing a pursuit for truth, the meaning of life, or an improved spiritual experience.
    8. Exposure to Christian Media (Radio, Internet, etc.) – Contact with evangelistic Christian media.
    9. Qur’anic Verses – A reading of the Qur’an that points towards the Bible or the uniqueness of Jesus.
    10. Influence of Head of Family – An older family member who came to Christ previously.
    I would like to publish this in St. Francis. Do you think they would take it?

    1. Hi Warrick,

      Yes, I’m sure that SFM would be quite interested in an article developing these ideas. Write it up and e-mail it to me and I’ll send it on to the editor.

      Duane

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