In the 21st century, religious diversity is a fact of life. Be it the result of historical precedent or technological advancement, immigration or proselytization, religious diversity can be as disorienting for some as it is enriching for others. For the committed follower of Christ, how are we to make sense of and respond to the non-Christian religions we encounter? Importantly, how does our understanding of religion and religious phenomena impact our proactive Christian witness?
It is in light of such questions that we find ourselves returning to the text, to the witness of scripture and to the great women and men of faith upon whose shoulders we stand, for guidance. In this vein, IMES is pleased to announce Middle East Consultation 2018 – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam. Through the course of MEC 2018 (18 – 22 June) we will work toward discerning a Biblically grounded theology of Islam and religion which constructively informs the Church in its thinking, attitude, and approach to ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Participants and contributors at MEC 2018 come from across the region and the world, providing a unique opportunity to reflect upon the critical challenges of Islam, religious diversity and Christian witness in light of scripture and the study of religion. MEC 2018 will feature high quality presentations from multiple perspectives, personal testimonies, interfaith forums, intimate breakout sessions, and opportunities for all participants to engage in robust discussion.
Middle East Consultation 2018 will be held 18-22 June at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon. Save the date!
For questions, please contact MEC@abtslebanon.org.