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Migration as a Kairos moment for Protestant-Muslim dialogue

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Original languageEnglish
JournalConcilium: International Journal for Theology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Apr 2020


This essay examines how the migration crisis of 2015 presented churches in Europe with a ‘kairos’ moment that demanded fresh theological reflection on Islam and social action alongside Muslims. By exploring how the initial comments and public pronouncements by churches in 2015 focused very little on Islam and Muslims, I argue that churches failed to challenge political appeals that presented Christendom as locked in a recurring battle with Islam. Through an examination of three Protestant church documents published in 2018, the essay goes on to show how more churches began to challenge populist rhetoric and also engage with the challenge of Christian-Muslim dialogue and the call for fresh Christian theological engagements with Islam.

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