Bible as Literature: Ecclesiastes Lecture

Bible as Literature, lecture, U of Texas at San Antonio, March 2011.

Duane Miller Ecclesiastes Lecture

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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

Seminar 2

Seminar 3

Seminar 4

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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.