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Islamophobia and John’s Theology of Embrace

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2021, 14(2), pp.7-46
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2021.14.2.7
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : August 8, 2021
  • Accepted : September 6, 2021
  • Published : September 30, 2021

Sookgoo Shin 1

1횃불트리니티신학대학원대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Islamophobia is one of the fastest-growing hate crimes both in the East and the West. It is not uncommon nowadays to witness Muslims being unfairly accused of threatening world peace, and for that reason, even normal Muslims have been mistreated and even systematically discriminated in their workplaces and daily life. What makes Islamophobia even more disturbing is that this hate crime is not simply a social issue anymore but some Christian groups or individuals are often actively involved in spreading fake news about Muslims and end up contributing to the social construction of Muslims as public enemies. This paper argues that Islamophobia is not only caused by the lack of social or political understanding of who Muslims are, but is heavily motivated by a distorted eschatology or the lack of a sound biblical worldview. Furthermore, it also emphasizes that imitating the examples of Jesus is critically essential in order to overcome Islamophobia. This paper will focus on the words and deeds of Jesus as found in the story of the Samaritan woman in John’s Gospel and examine how Jesus’s examples of embrace affect our understanding of anthropology, eschatology, and community and thus show us a way forward in loving Muslims as our neighbors.

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