Islam in Europe: Threat or Opportunity

Islam in EuropeWhat is your perspective on the huge increase in Europe’s Muslim population? Do you see it as a threat or a huge opportunity for the gospel?

In this edition of Vista you will almost certainly find one article that supports your perspective. But perhaps more importantly you will find another that challenges it.
Darrell Jackson’s lead article sets out the most recent statistics on Muslim populations in Europe but also highlights important qualifications regarding the interpretation of this data and of concepts of Muslim identity.

The heart of this edition though are four opinion pieces. Bert de Ruiter writes of the Europeanisation of Islam and gives a call to loving engagement. Jenny Taylor provides a critique of integration narratives and highlights the threat that Islamic terrorism continues to pose. Bryan Knell tells stories of conversions among some communities and stubborn resistance among others. And Colin Edwards provides a classification of Believers from a Muslim Background (BMBs) and writes of how the need for intense community among these converts is a challenge to our concepts of church in Europe.

Finally, Jo Appleton set out some helpful resources for Christian Muslim engagement.

Our prayer as an editorial team is that this edition of Vista would make you think more deeplyabout these different perspectives. But perhaps more importantly, to think about how to  “love your neighbour” who in today’s Europe is often a Muslim.

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