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Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear

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An alternative, uniquely Christian response to the growing global challenges of deep religious difference

In the last fifty years, millions of Muslims have migrated to Europe and North America. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates on both sides of the Atlantic about religious freedom and tolerance, terrorism and security, gender and race, and much mor
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Published January 25th 2018 by Eerdmans
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Jordan Ballor
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My endorsement: "In this compelling work Matthew Kaemingk asks what Amsterdam has to do with Mecca, and the answers he finds turn out to have implications the world over. . . . The charity and clarity on display here will challenge Christians to think more deeply, and to act more responsibly, in response to the call to live peacefully and faithfully with Muslim neighbors."
D.L. Mayfield
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a challenging read (definitely not a light read about hospitality!) The deep dive into politics, history, and theology brought up so many questions that I had never considered before. As someone who more fits into the "liberalism" category of thought (living and working within Muslim immigrant communities in the US) this book challenged me to think broader and more deeply of what it means to follow Christ in these inhospitable political times. In the end, this is a book making the c ...more
Mark Nenadov
This is a superb book for Christians who wish to think through and live out their faith in regard to their relationship with Muslim neighbours. This is a timely subject, given the current political and social climate. It is written with clarity, compassion, and conviction. It is concerned with both careful thinking through our theories and practical application. Kaemingk uses the Netherlands as a case study of two extremes and applies Kuyperian thought to attempt to forge a "third way", rejectin ...more
Heath Salzman
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You must read this book.

When I first purchased it in January, I suggested that this volume may prove to be the most important book of 2018. Now that I have finished it, I believe that it is one of the more important theological contributions of this generation.

Kaemingk writes with a clarity and conciseness that is hard to find, which allows him to cover a lot of ground in these 300 pages. This volume treats such diverse disciplines as sociology, anthropology, political theology, soteriology, et
Robert McDonald
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a meaty (/perhaps a bit long) addressing of the topic. Much of the what the author said and cited gave me a lot to think about. He unflinchingly called out failures on both sides of the political aisle, was unapologetic of his faith (and the Islamic faith), and clearly wrote this volume from a place of care. Recommended for those who are dissatisfied with the current narrative and want to build truly more tolerant and hospitable cities and homes toward people whose differences from your ...more
Chris Schutte
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A helpful and challenging look at modern Dutch attitudes toward Muslim immigration, a historical explanation and evaluation of Abraham Kuyper's Christian Pluralism, and, finally, a proposal for how American Evangelicals might adopt a robust pluralism that allows for a Christo-centric practice of hospitality to govern our engagement with our Muslim neighbors. A deeply rewarding and challenging book that I hope gets read widely and applied broadly.
Peter Schindler
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book to be an eye opening read for a number of reasons. Coming from a relatively conservative Catholic background, I was challenged by the author's openness regarding the assimilation of Muslims into Western society. I felt that the author made some fair arguments for Christians and how we can live our faith in this scenario. I found myself swayed by some of his arguments, yet I imagined the true Christian fading in and out of a fog of liberal naivety as he/she attempts to reconcile ...more
Mandy DeOrnellas
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you net-galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Living in a ethnically and religiously diverse are.a, I really enjoyed this book. In this day and age, we need to all come together and embrace eachothers beliefs, cultures and way of life. We need to have a little more understanding and tolerance for everyone. Maybe then the world would be a better place. I'd highly encourage everyone to read this.
Robert D. Cornwall
We live in an age of fear, and no "group" instills greater fear in many communities, both in Europe and the United States than Muslims. Our President regularly lashes out against Muslims, and spoke of Muslim bans during his campaign and has pursued discriminatory policies since taking office. In Europe, there is growing discontent with the presence of Muslims, fearing that they are corrupting the culture. Pursuing policies of tolerance and openness led to a right-wing backlash, that has made its ...more
Christopher Lim
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected and that's a good thing. I thought it was going to be a topical exploration of hospitality and immigration from a Christian perspective. Instead I got a healthy dose of Kuyperian pluralist theology considered in it's original context, critiqued, extended and applied to the fierce challenges of our modern day in both large and small ways. I loved the deconstruction of the left and right wing voices of our day as well as the beautiful depiction of the expansiveness ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Matthew Kaemingk uses The Netherlands as a case study for what goes wrong -- and what could go right -- in national policies of non-Muslim countries toward Muslim immigrants and the attitudes of Christians toward the same. He repeatedly frames his study as a clash between Mecca and Amsterdam and demonstrates ample evidence that the case study is apt.
The reader of "Christian Hospitality" will have to have a high tolerance for theological language. In much of the book, I found myself lost in the t
Jordan J. Andlovec
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book much slower than usual, not because it is incredibly dense (although it is rich) but because it was real. The Kuyperian tradition can be dangerous in the abstract (think for example Chuck Colson and "worldview studies") but where it really shines is in specific and concrete issues, like Muslim immigration. Matthew Kaemingk does a great service to us all in the threading the needle here, as this book shines among a sea of both needlessly inflammatory and downright boring books on ...more
Jason Pamblanco
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book challenged me to think about “pluralism” in the Kuyperian sense... A strange combination of reformed thought and multicultural democratic politics stirred up and served at a table with walls and open doors. (Read the epilogue).

My rating is provisional - I need more time to think on this book and chew on it, but for the fact that it is making me think, it gets a 4star review for now.

I’d love to dialogue about this book with other Christians.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An enriching and challenging work of public theology, Kaemingk (channeling Kuyper among others) illumines how American Christians might eschew the politics of the Left and Right and embrace a “third way” following the example of Christ Himself.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A must read for all evangelicals and those skeptical that evangelical thought can detach itself from American civil religion.
Erik Bonkovsky
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The chapter of Pluralism and Christ was outstanding.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very challenging. I need time to process, but totally engaging and well argued.
Guy Austin
"Love them as yourself, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt." Leviticus 19:34

The quote above is on the opening page. The title grabbed my attention. The image on the cover did as well. The author, theologian and ethicist Matthew Kaemingk, takes us with him on a deep dive. A historical look back at the attempts, political and non-political, of reconciling Religious differences in Amsterdam the past 100 years or more. He looks at each generation of thought. The countries unending attempts
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“Admitting that one’s life rested on some sort of faith was, in Kuyper’s mind, simply a matter of intellectual honesty. To deny faith’s role, to claim pure objectivity and rationality, was a “culpable blindfolding” of the self (Encyclopedia, 152). Moderns who declared that they could transcend the superstitions of faith and ground their thought “exclusively upon the action of the senses” were, according to Kuyper, “entirely mistaken, and allow themselves a leap to which they have no right” (Encyclopedia, 132). Every system of human thought pivoted on some deep fulcrum,” 0 likes
“For Kuyper, ideological hegemony was not merely irrational—it was blasphemous. For, Kuyper declared, whenever religious freedom is crushed, “God’s name” is “robbed of its splendor.”28” 0 likes
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