Global Census of Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background (BMBs)

I am pleased to share that Patrick Johnstone and I have just published an article in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. The title of the article is “Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census.” Here is the abstract:

Since the 1960s, there has been a substantial increase in the number of known conversions from Islam to Christianity. Most of these conversions have been to forms of evangelical or Pentecostal Christianity, but there have also been conversions to Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, and still other converts claim to remain in some way both Muslims and followers of Jesus. This article ex- plains how we obtained estimates of the number of converts, the complexities involved in this task, and an annotated list of countries by continent with the estimated number of believers in Christ from a Muslim background. The article includes charts with maximal, minimal, and medium estimates of this population from 1960 to the present.

The article is available at Johnstone and Miller Global BMB Census or for free from the journal’s website.

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“Power, Personalities and Politics: The Growth of Iranian Christianity since 1979” in Mission Studies

I am pleased to share with you this article which was published in Mission Studies, a Brill journal.

Here is the abstract:

While Christianity has existed in Iran/Persia since the fourth century, if not earlier, at the middle of the twentieth century almost all Iranian Christians belonged to an ethnic minority, especially the Assyrians and the Armenians. Ethnic Iranians were almost all Muslims, and then mostly Shi’a Muslims. Since the Revolution of 1979 hundreds of thousands of ethnic Iranians have left Islam for evangelical Christianity, both within and outside of Iran. This paper seeks to explore the multifaceted factors – political, economic and technological – that have helped to create an environment wherein increasing numbers of ethnic Iranians have apostatized from Islam and become evangelical Christians. A concluding section outlines Steven Lukes’ theory of power and analyzes the growth of Iranian Christianity in the light of his theory.

Brill allows for authors to post a copy of their article on their personal website, so click here to download the PDF.

“Evangelicals in Northern Africa and Egypt”, chapter in Evangelicals around the World

I am pleased to share that my chapter on evangelicals in Northern Africa and Egypt which was published in Evangelicals around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century (Thomas Nelson, 2015), can now be read in part at books.google.com. You can also buy the book at Amazon.

Also, my chapter on the topic can now be read in PDF form HERE.

New Mary’s Well Occasional Paper on the Convention of Evanglical Churches in Israel

As director of publications of Nazareth Seminary, I am pleased to share with everyone our seminary’s newest Mary’s Well Occasional Paper: ‘An Introduction to the Convention of Evangelical Churches in Israel’ (Volume 3:3, October 2014).

This latest paper is by the Rev. Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Dr. Philip Sumpter, adjunct professor of Old Testament at the European School of Culture and Theology.

The CECI is an attempt, so far unsuccessful, of indigenous (Arab) Israelis who are evangelicals to obtain official recognition from the State of Israel as a recognized religious community. The article provides an account of the CECI’s genesis and its current projects and challenges.

Download the latest Mary’s Well Occasional Paper HERE.

New article: May Muslims in Israel-Palestine become Christians?

An article of mine was recently published in St Francis Magazine, Vol 10:1, April 2014. The title of the article is “Religious Freedom in Israel-Palestine: may Muslims become Christians, and do Christians have the freedom to welcome such converts?”

Here is the abstract:

This research represents a continuation and elaboration on Miller’s research for the Christianity and Freedom project, presented in Rome in December of 2013. This article seeks to understand the challenges and context of Christians who are also ex-Muslims in the Holy Land. Attention is paid to the difference between the contexts in the West Bank and Israel, and how the established Christian Churches sometimes safeguard their own precarious sense of security by turning away Muslims who seek to know more about the Christian faith and converts from Islam.

Download it at my Academia.edu page or from St Francis Magazine.