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Matthew Kaemingk: Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear

Christian theology can and should serve as a resource for Christians in creating a gracious and welcoming space for religious diversity in society while staunchly maintaining the firmest commitment to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

Briefly, note that Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear is to an extent a political theology for the public square but not overtly partisan. However, although it is about responding to the interreligious realities of immigration it is not necessarily concerned with advocating for this or that particular immigration policy. It is more about dealing with the reality on the ground, so to speak, from a theological perspective. My sense is that globalists and nationalists, liberals and conservatives will find in it qualities with which they agree and disagree. Perhaps all will be challenged and stimulated.

With all of that being said, I repeat: the kind of book Evangelical (and other) Christians (Reformed or not) need to be reading on Christian-Muslim relations today is the kind of book Matthew Kaemingk has written in Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. I highly recommend it. Quibbles aside, I could not agree more with what I take to be the main thrust of this engaging and well written monograph. That is to say, that Christian theology can and should serve as a resource for Christians in creating a gracious and welcoming space for religious diversity in society while staunchly maintaining the firmest commitment to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That may sound like an almost impossible task; however, Matthew Kaemingk does an exceptional job of doing just that.

Reviewed by Tony Richie

 

Publisher’s page: https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/7458/christian-hospitality-and-muslim-immigration-in-an-age-of-fear.aspx

Publisher’s blog: “Eerdmans Author Interviews: Matthew Kaemingk on Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fearhttps://eerdword.com/2018/01/22/eerdmans-author-interviews-matthew-kaemingk-on-christian-hospitality-and-muslim-immigration-in-an-age-of-fear/

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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2018

About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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