A good reading from one of the young Evangelical specialists in the field of Islamic studies.
by Martin Accad
IMES has just run its 9th annual conference: Middle East Conference 2012. For 5 days we heard from Profs. Colin Chapman, Glen Stassen, Sami Awad, and others, beginning with the historical, political and theological backgrounds to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and eventually focusing on the tragic daily realities of Palestinian refugees living in the horrendous conditions of camps in Lebanon and other neighboring countries. Our conference title: “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: The Church and the Palestinian in Light of God’s Command for Justice and Compassion.”
A longtime friend who did not actually attend the conference but had heard about it came and gently reprimanded me on the last day: “You should have brought in a Jewish perspective,” he said. “Your conference was one-sided and biased.”
As may be noted from the very title, the purpose of the conference was not political, or even purely theological
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