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‘Fact-check’ and ‘Self-check’ : Islam Phobia and Ethics of Reformation

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2016, 9(2), pp.45-68
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2016.09.9.2.45
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : August 23, 2016
  • Accepted : September 17, 2016
  • Published : September 30, 2016

Moon, Si Young 1

1남서울대학교

ABSTRACT

Some says that the best way to overcome ‘Islam phobia’ is the ‘fact-check.’ This paper suggests another factor, ‘self-check’ of Christians.’ It seems that ‘Islam phobia in Korea’ has some uniqueness coupled with Christianity. Christians have phobia to Islam’s challenge, and citizens blames on Christians’ Islam phobia because of some moral fails. In other words, it appears as ‘Islam phobia-Anti Christianity.’ It needs to be studied on the solution for this perplexity. That’s the point of self-check of Christians. In this meaning, this paper delves into the meaning of reformation for moral horizon of church from the perspective of M. Luther and J. Calvin. Luther’s experiences of facing with Turks and Islam during 16~17th centuries to be good cases for coping with the Islam phobia of our times. Luther’s basic in this issue is the Gospel. He required double tasks of Christians as the inner and outer struggles. Inner struggle means the repentance of Christians, outer warfare is to defend to the Turks’ invasion. Luther’s insight of biblical self-check for overcoming the phobia of Turks and Islam would be a meaningful guide for Christians in Korea. In addition to Luther’s perspective, also the insight of J. Calvin has important meaning. Calvin taught double attitudes of pointing out the error of Islam and evangelizing the Muslim. Calvin’s insight would be an useful guide for Christians who have some severe phobia to Islam. Based on these insights, there are two tasks of being a Christian and corresponding peace-making. In short, ‘fact-check’(to Islam phobia) and ‘self-check’(for biblical faith) should be the most important attitudes to Islam phobia of Christians in Korea.

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