A short briefing paper and summary of a major recent study to assist Christians in thinking about issues surrounding the Balfour Declaration on its centenary.
If we are to think in a distinctively Christian way about Islamism and violence carried out in the name of Islam, what are the key questions that we need to be asking?
The conclusion of the latest edition of Colin Chapman’s “Whose Promised Land? The Continuing Conflict Over Israel and Palestine” (Lion, 2015).
Here…is a brief attempt to analyse what this recent outbreak of fighting between Israel and Gaza has been about – with four clues which help me to make sense of the big picture….As we watch this terrible tragedy unfold…we should be praying for all who, in the spirit of the Beatitudes, ‘hunger and thirst to see right prevail’ and seek to be peace-makers.
by Rev Colin Chapman The Bush Administration responded to 9/11 with ‘the war on terror’. Anders Breivik committed his crimes on 22 July 2011 because he felt that Europe as a whole and Norway in particular had been naïve in their response to Islam. Have we learned anything from what has happened in the last … Continue Reading
Christian responses to Islam, Islamism and ‘Islamic terrorism’ by Colin Chapman republished with permission from ‘Cambridge Papers’ June 2007, The Jubilee Centre, Cambridge Summary Why is it that some Muslims become Islamists and some Islamists turn to violence? A summary of some basic convictions held in varying degrees by all Muslims is followed by an … Continue Reading
by Colin Chapman What can one say that hasn’t already been said about the Pope’s lecture and the furore that has followed it? Probably very little – which is why I will confine myself to seven questions: 1. What was the lecture about? The title of the lecture was ‘Faith, Reason and the University: Memories … Continue Reading
by Colin Chapman ‘How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal.’ (Lamentations 1:1) This description of the destruction of Jerusalem in 586BC in the book of … Continue Reading
Grove Books, Ethics Number 139, 2005 Colin ChapmanColin Chapman has worked with CMS in the Middle East for 18 years and in his last post he was teaching Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology. He has taught at Trinity College, Bristol, and was principal of Crowther Hall, the CMS training college in … Continue Reading