We would like to invite you to the Institue for Middle East Studies Middle East Consultation this summer (June 18-22, 2018) in Beirut, Lebanon. 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, Middle East Consultation 2018 – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam works 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).