Movements from Islam to Christianity

In the 1960s we saw the beginning of a historically unprecedented series of movements from Islam to Christianity. In this lecture I present a summary of some key elements of three of them–Indonesia, Iran, Algeria–and then offer an overall analysis of three categories of factors facilitating conversion in the modern and late modern context.

This is the second of my four Copenhagen lectures.

Delivered at St Nathaniel’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Celebrating 500 years of Reformation in Madrid–guest post for VirtueOnline

The Reformation fell on hard times in Spain. The Spanish Inquisition was vibrant and energetic and that institution was not disbanded until 1834. This meant that anyone sympathetic to Protestant ideas had to flee from Spain or keep their ideas to themselves.

There is a bit of my article on our special celebration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation which took place on October 31st at the Cathedral of the Redeemer here in Madrid.

Read it all at VirtueOnline.

Antonio Andrés Puchades y la IERE

Hace unos años, en las 80s o 90s, el Rvdo. Puchades escribió un folleto pequeño con el título La Iglesia Española Reformada Episcopal (IERE) para la serie Pluralismo Religioso. He intentado contactar la edición pero por lo que veo ya no existe. Ya que la mayoría del libro consiste en documentos históricos de la IERE, y ya que Puchades era ministro de nuestra iglesia, siento libre compartir mi copia personal con vosotros para uso de investigación solamente.

“La Iglesia Catedral del Redentor”

The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (of which I am a clergy member) published this booklet some decades ago. It really needs to be updated! However, there is little information available about the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, so I thought I would make this booklet available to any researcher or curious party.  I scanned it and it can now be found at Scribd. Also, check out the cathedral’s homepage.

Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer, Madrid

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I hope to post some more pictures of the cathedral church soon. For now, here is the altar and the cathedra.

This is where I serve as deacon and we have some eight services per week.

  • Morning prayer at 9 AM from Tuesday through Friday.
  • Evening prayer on Wednesday at 5:00 and Saturday at 6:30.
  • Sunday mornings at 11:30 we alternate between Morning Prayer and Communion
  • Sunday night at 9:00 we have our Taizé worship. (Though once November comes that will be moved to 8 pm.)

However, I noted that Wikipedia did not have a page for our cathedral, in English at least. It was there in Spanish. Having composed pages for other previous churches in the Diocese of Jerusalem, I thought I would compose this one too.

So here is the new Wikipedia page, which I hope to expand: Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer.

Of Knights Templar, Venice, Constantinople, and Crusades

Some time ago I was approached about writing some entries for the newly released War and Religion: an encyclopedia of faith and conflict (ABC-CLIO, 2017). And I’m glad to share that it has now been published in three volumes.

My own humble contributions were (in alphabetical order) on the Fourth Crusade, the Knights Templar, the Sixth Crusade, and the Venetian Crusade. That last one was quite successful and does not get the attention it deserves, in my opinion.

Feel free to sample my own entries above and please do consider asking your institution’s library to acquire this valuable resource.

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