Liberation Themes in the Theology of ex-Muslim Christians

This talk was given at the Centre for the Study of World Christianity in Edinburgh (UK) in 2010. After examining multiple conversion narratives from ex-Muslims, and discussing the theological model of Robert Schreiter, I propose that ex-Muslim Christians do indeed have a genuine contextual theology of their own making (not from Americans or Europeans), and that such a theology is characterized by wisdom and liberation themes.

Liberation Theology Islam Miller Seminar 1

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The Genesis of World Islamic Christianity

Miller, Duane Alexander. 2010. ‘Woven in the Weakness of the Changing Body: the Genesis of World Islamic Christianity.’ Presented at CTFC 2, Buckinghamshire, UK, February.

This is the paper I presented at the Coming to Faith Consultation 2 (CTFC2) in Buckinghamshire, England, in February of 2010.

In this paper I try to analyze some of the main trends that have allowed for a global space wherein conversions from Islam to Christ have increased very substantially since the second half of the 20th Century.

Here is a sample:

One common theme that surfaced again and again was how closed Islamic society has been for many centuries. Closed in terms of not allowing certain forms of critical discourse, an ancient custom reaching back to the Prophet himself, who in one instance, for example, upon being ridiculed by a poet, procuredher assassination. In Islamic law this act of execution is not a crude thing indeed to affront the Prophet is to affront God and must be met with the appropriate response. The lack of room for critical discourse inIslamic societies for many centuries has also led to a good deal of conflict, the most famous recent example being the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet of Islam, which led to multiple violent outbursts inmany Islamic societies, including in the West, that included arson, murder, and the death threats. Examples could be multiplied, the publication of The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie being another fine example of the use of coercion to force a cessation of critical discourse or even discourse that has been misinterpreted as critical.

Read/download the entire paper at Scribd.

Or download the PDF here.

Review of ‘The Challenge of Islam’ by Charles Marsh

Charles Marsh, The Challenge of Islam (London: Ark 1980)

Review by Duane Alexander Miller

Book review available at SFM on PDF under the title ‘Forty Years in Algeria’. Also posted at the Amazon website, here.

An important book for anyone interested in the history of Protestant mission in Algeria and easy to obtain.

The Liberation Theology of Steven Masood

Miller, Duane Alexander. 2010. ‘Into the Light: the Liberation Theology of Steven Masood, a Christian ex-Muslim’ in St Francis Magazine Vol 6:4, Aug, pp 630-637.

In this article I propose that there is a form of contextual liberation theology advanced by ex-Muslim Christians which is distinct from the liberation theology found in Latin America. I go on to analyze Masood’s auto-biography/conversion narrative and give examples of how in that work he is engaging in said liberation theology, which is focused on wisdom and praxis, rather than systematization.

Excerpt:

One of the recurring themes in this book is how religious figures and his family deal with his search for knowledge. By his teens Masood had been exposed to Ahmadiyya Islam, Sunni Islam, and Christianity, and he had formed a sort of research program that compared the teachings of those three communities. The most common reaction to Masood’s questions was to be told to be quiet, obey, and believe. This was hardly satisfying to him […]

Read the entire article for free HERE.

Renegotiating the Boundaries of Evangelicalism in Jerusalem

‘Renegotiating the Boundaries of Evangelicalism in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter: Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Jerusalem, 12 February 2010’ by Duane Alexander Miller, has recently been published in the June 2010 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History (Vol 79:2).

More information can be found at HighBeam.

Key words: CMA, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Jerusalem, Mission, Israel, Palestine, evangelicalism.

The Episcopal Church in Jordan: Identity, Liturgy, and Mission

Miller, Duane Alexander. 2011. ‘The Episcopal Church in Jordan: Identity, Liturgy, and Mission’ in Journal of Anglican Studies, Vol 9:2, November, pp 134-153.

In the Journal of Anglican Studies. Here is the abstract:

The article begins with a brief review of the history of the diocese of Jerusalem. By interviewing eight members of the diocesan clergy in Jordan, the researcher desires to explore how the concepts in the title are related to each other within the Jordanian context. Is there a unique identity of Jordanian Anglicans? What is the desirability and/or feasibility of revising the prayer book? Given the declining demographics of Christians in the region, what avenues are open to these ministers to sustain their congregations? Specific care is paid to the topic of incorporating Muslim converts into existing congregations. Also included are some theological reflections on the meaning of liturgy within the Jordanian context and the diocesan policies for the formation of future priests, which have important implications for the future of the diocese.

Keywords: Anglican; Church Missionary Society; dhimmi; Episcopal; Jerusalem; Jordan; liturgy; mission

The article is archived at Scribd.