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New SEBTS Online Course on Islam

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Many if not most Christians need to understand Islam, both as a religion and a culture, in order to pursue faithful witness to Christ in the 21st century. Questions about Islam’s origins, iterations, practices, and its relation to Christianity must be considered in the effort to understand and witness. To … Read More »

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Global Context Series: 20 (or So) Books for the Globally-Minded Christian to Buy (and Read)

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Over the past few years, we have posted approximately twenty installments in the “Global Context Series.” In this series, we posted notices or reviews about books that help Christians get to know the global scene as a whole, or a particular region or country in particular. We want to reissue … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (6): Resources for Further Study

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By: Doug Coleman In this final installment I’ll point to some resources for further study and make a few summary remarks about the Insider Movement debate. Publications by proponents exist almost exclusively in the form of journal articles. The majority of these have appeared in just a few journals, several … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (5): Evaluation (Part 2)

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By: Doug Coleman The previous post dealt mostly with the issue of theology of religions, although it touched on the issue of possible revelation in non-Christian religions. In this post, I want to briefly comment on a few key passages frequently referenced by IM advocates. Proponents often note the watershed … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (4): Evaluation (Part 1)

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By: Doug Coleman So what do we make of the biblical and theological arguments of IM proponents? This was the sole purpose of my entire dissertation, and even still I feel like more could have been done. So, a couple of blog posts will be terribly inadequate to offer anything … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (3): Key Characteristics (Part 2)

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By: Doug Coleman Kevin Higgins, whom I mentioned in the previous installment, has made the most significant attempt by any IM proponent to offer a biblical and theological rationale for various aspects of the methodology. For example, in a brief discussion of six biblical characters or passages, Kevin suggests the … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (2): Key Characteristics (Part 1)

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By: Doug Coleman So exactly what is this IM thing? I often find that a simple description or definition causes audiences to jump to conclusions before understanding what IM really is, and isn’t. Before I get to a description, we need to be aware of the field realities motivating the … Read More »

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Looking at Insider Movements (1): Introduction

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[Editor's Note: Doug Coleman is a SEBTS alum who lives and works in Central Asia. His SEBTS dissertation was recently published as A Theological Analysis of the Insider Movement Paradigm from Four Perspectives: Theology of Religions, Revelation, Soteriology, and Ecclesiology (Pasadena, CA: WICU Press, 2011). We asked Dr. Coleman to ... Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Jonathan Benthall on Islam, Theology, & Politics

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Islamic theology matters. Or so say the authors of seven recent books on Islam. In a recent edition of Times Literary Supplement, Jonathan Benthall provides a review of these recent books on Islam, theology, and politics.[1] Though these books differ in their perspectives, Benthall notes, “… all the books under … Read More »

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Insider Movements and Theological Method

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This past week, I posted a book notice about Doug Coleman’s fine new book, A Theological Analysis of the Insider’s Movement.[1] Because the book notice prompted some vigorous discussion, I thought it might be helpful to post an excerpt from an essay I am writing on theological method. In the … Read More »

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