ABTS Hosts Final Session of the Middle East Conversation 2020

The official poster for the webinar, courtesy of ABTS

Today, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary hosts the final session of the Middle East Conversation 2020. But if you don’t tune in for the stream this morning at 9 AM Eastern Time (ET), you can still watch it, or any of this year’s sessions, on the ABTS Lebanon YouTube channel.

Today’s stream shares a name with a new book called The Religious Other, edited by ABTS’s own Martin Accad, along with Jonathon Andrews. It explores how Christians know what they know about Islam, and how the Church can engage in love and knowledge. You can get a copy of The Religious Other here.

What do we know about Islam?

Accad says the Church has too often used widely accepted narratives about Islam to inform its thinking about the religion. “We are impacted by the national and global discourse about Islam, the media discourse, and the discourse of our politicians. Since 9/11, the discourse about Islam has definitely been on the negative side. There’s a demonization of Islam. In the past two decades, Islam has practically become the enemy.”

For Christians to engage well with Islam, Accad says, they have to listen to real experts for information, not simply Christian theologians. “Quite often, our missiologists and even most of our theologians in academia have not been experts in Islamic Studies.”

That’s why The Religious Other brings together leading academic experts in the study of Islam and Christian theologians.

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


  • Stream or watch this webinar, and learn how to engage Islam without fear or suspicion.
  • Pray God will use the work of ABTS to foster growth in Christian-Muslim relations.