Christians, Muslims, and the Immigration Challenge to Religious Pluralism

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, Fuller Seminary

Description: In the last fifty years, millions of Muslims have migrated to Europe and North America. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates on both sides of the Atlantic about religious freedom and tolerance, terrorism and security, gender and race, and much more. How are Christian politicians and citizens responding to their new Muslim neighbors? How should they respond?  What, if anything, can Christians learn from the ideas of right-wing nationalism and left-wing multiculturalism? What are some of the alternative ways forward? In this course, students will use Christian political ethics to critically examine the two dominant responses to Muslim immigration in the West (right-wing nationalism and left-wing multiculturalism). In response to these two voices, students will examine and develop a “third way,” found in the age-old tradition of Christian pluralism and religious freedom, that ensures a uniquely Christian response to Muslim immigration—one that values security, hospitality, limits, and generosity. Students will read a wide range of articles and essays in political theory, immigration studies, and Christian ethics.

Dates: June 6-10, 2022

Instructor Bio: Matthew Kaemingk is the Richard John Mouw Assistant Professor of Faith and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary where he also serves as the Director of the Richard John Mouw Institute of Faith and Public Life. His research and teaching focus on marketplace theology, Islam and political ethics, and public theology. His books include Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear (Eerdmans, 2018) Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy. Cory Willson, coauthor (Baker Academic, 2020) and Reformed Public Theology (Baker Academic, 2021). In 2018 his book on Muslim immigration was named among the best of the year by Christianity Today and in 2019 Kaemingk was named the “Emerging Public Intellectual of the Year” by the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship. Dr. Kaemingk serves as a fellow at the Center for Public Justice and a scholar in residence at the Max De Pree Center for Christian Leadership.

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