Christians as a Minority: Finding a Place in Society

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Rupen Das

As the challenge of the presence and integration of Muslim communities in Europe grows, I was reminded of something that was mentioned a number of years ago. The person said that historically Christian theology and teaching has assumed that Christians are a minority in society. Hence the teachings about being salt and light, about relating to governments that may seem hostile, people of other faiths and those who oppress you, and realizing that God allows “the wheat and the weeds” to exist side by side in society till the end of time. On the other hand, Muslim theology and teaching has assumed that Muslims are a majority and in power in their particular context. Though it took them between 300-600 years (depending on the region) to become demographically a majority in the emerging Muslim empire, there is very little in their theology about how to live as…

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