Keith Small is a visiting Lecturer and Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology and teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates in Britain and internationally concerning Islamic and Christian theology and especially the history of the texts of the Qur'an and the New Testament. Dr. Small has also presented his research at major academic conferences in Britain, Germany, France, and the USA. His book Textual Criticism and Qur'an Manuscripts was published by Lexington books in April 2011.
2012 Forum Sessions
The New Testament and the Qur’an Compared
This session will be a survey of the manner in which the form, content, and textual histories of the Bible and the Qur’an compare. Also, the theologies of scripture Muslims and Christians use will be compared. Advice will be given as to how the integrity and authority of the Bible can be communicated to Muslims.
Understanding Islam's History, Beliefs, and Impact on Europe
Session One: Brief History of Islam
A brief overview of Islamic history. In addition to the general overview, this presentation highlights attitudes and views fostered in the earliest Islamic centuries that endure into our time and inform current events.
Session Two: Introduction to Islamic Beliefs and Practices
The beliefs and practices of the major Islamic groups will be surveyed and explained. This will provide a foundation for understanding the religious worldview of our Muslim neighbours.
Session Three: Biblical and Theological Responses to Islam
Key Islamic beliefs and theology are evaluated in view of Biblical teaching and Christian theology. The nature of God, views of salvation and views of Scripture of Muslims and Christians will be surveyed with a sound Biblical response being explained for use in evangelism.
Session Four: Islam in Europe
An overview of Islamic groups in Europe. Demographic issues concerning the growth of minority populations as well as the theological and political inclinations of various groups will be provided. A clear Christian response will be articulated for addressing growing Muslim populations of Europe.
Responding to Islam's Unique Challenges
Session One: Personal Evangelism to Muslims
This session will provide practical advice and material for evangelizing Muslims. Special attention will be given to using for evangelism the questions and challenges Muslims themselves use in seeking to present Islam to Christians.
Session Two: Mystical Islam
This will provide a brief historical and theological overview of Sufism, a mystical approach to Islam affecting all major branches of the faith. Special attention will be given to points of similarity and difference to Christian theology that will be useful in conversation so as to demonstrate the uniqueness of Christ, the Gospel, and Christian experience.
Session Three: Shame, Honour, and the Occult in Islam
In addition to theology, cultural and spiritual issues play a major role in shaping the Muslim worldview. Shame and honour provide a major means of regulating personal and group behaviour in Muslim cultures. Also, interaction with spiritual beings and occult practices play a major role in the daily lives of most of the world’s Muslims. Emphasis will be placed on understanding these features and shaping our evangelism to acknowledge their importance and address their influence.
Session Four: Frequently Asked Questions
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