This will be the theme of the Second Annual Apologetics Conference to be held October 11, 2008 from 1-4pm at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Adam Francisco, Guest Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN will present a three-part lecture around the theme: Christians & the Challenge of Islam: A Balanced View.
Islam certainly has in the last two decades experienced significant growth in America, receiving substantial media attention. Yet our knowledge and ability to assess this Islamic challenge remains inadequate. Dr. Francisco will address this in a three-part lecture: Part One will focus on the Origins and History of Islam, where particular attention will be paid to various misconceptions that pervade much of the discussion about Islam’s nature; the Second Part entitled, Islam Today, will survey and assess contemporary developments in Islam; and the Third Part, the Future of Christian-Muslim Relations, will consider possible expected challenges Christians should be prepared for. Adequate time will be allowed after each part’s presentation for discussion.
Dr. Francisco received his D Phil in the history of Christian-Muslim Relations from Oxford University. In Oxford he studied Arabic and Islamic Theology at the Centre for Islamic Studies. He then served a brief tenure as the Albin Salton Fellow the University of London. In 2007 he was appointed Guest Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He is author of the book Martin Luther and Islam, and a contributing scholar for Modern Reformation magazine.
This is the second annual fall conference in apologetics sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church & School, Dearborn, MI. The goal is to bring reputable speakers to the area to address various apologetic topics. The First Annual Conference held in 2007 addressed the topics of Intelligent Design & Darwinism, and did we get the right Bible? Apologetics gets its impetus from the Biblical passage of 1 Peter 3:15 “always being ready to make a defense (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.”