Al Mohler took his rallying cry, “Unity, Unity, Unity,” to a whole new level last week when he invited three Muslims to attend as panelists at the Evangelical Theological Society’s 72nd annual meeting.
Founded in 1949, the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) is a “group of scholars, teachers, pastors, students, and others dedicated to the oral exchange and written expression of theological thought and research. The ETS is devoted to the inerrancy and inspiration of the Scriptures and the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The theme was Islam and Christianity, and while we imagine James White was chomping at the bit to roll up his tattooed sleeves and do a pre-conference debate with Shabir Ally, it was not to be so.
Mohler, who is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the presumed president-elect (wink, wink) of the Southern Baptist Convention, and who served as ETS’s Program Chair and Vice President (but was crowned President of ETS at the event) said about their conference:
We are called to truth, and to understanding the world around us more accurately and thoughtfully. That certainly includes our understanding of Islam, which has from the beginning represented an enormous challenge to Christian evangelism, apologetics, theology, and cultural engagement.
That’s why he invited the Muhammadans.
The three panelists, Asma Uddin, Hamza Yusuf, and Mohamed Magid, in the spirt of “cultural engagement,” were given the floor to share their view of evangelicals, offering pointed criticisms of bible-believing believers (such as Evangelicals supporting President Trump’s 2017 “Muslim ban” and Christians engaging in “islamophobia”) but also suggesting that there ought to be more kindness and cooperation between the two faith communities.
As far as who exactly these people are, Janet Mefferd has a good summary of the panelists invited to speak. While at first glance they seem demure and non-radical, it doesn’t take much to see their ideas certainly are.
Let’s say it like it is:
The walls have been breached.
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