Irving Hexham: This Is Why Christians Need to Know About Other Religions

“If you look at the New Testament conversions, there are sudden conversions, like those of St. Paul, but St. Paul was Jew. He knew the Old Testament well…but when you come to the pagans, it’s very different. Most of the stories of pagan conversion in the New Testament seem to be of people that were converted over a long period of time or who were on the edge of Judaism.”

“I think one of the failures of the evangelical tradition has been to stress the instant conversion and forget about the long-term conversion.”

“Above all, and this is the most important thing, we’ve got to trust God [with other people’s conversions].”

“The Bible clearly teaches that we’re all created in the image of God. And it’s this image of God in human beings that gives us our point of contact.”

“I think Kuyper had the right view, that the Holy Spirit works in everybody. Even people who may do great evil, the Spirit restrains them. And without God’s restraint, the world would be total chaos. So God is working the world and we’ve got to recognize that, even if we don’t see how.”

“Islamophobia is a two-edged sword because on the one hand, there is certainly often prejudice against Muslims as people and that’s bad…on the other hand, there are Muslim groups that use Islamophobia as a foil to do and say anything they want.”

“I think we have a lot of shared values with most immigrants.”

“We’ve got to try to develop a Christian perspective [on these issues] that is based on scripture and not just our own fears.”

“We’ve got to educate both pastors and our congregations about Christianity…and then we’ve got to teach them about other religions.”

“What happens with many Christians is they look at another religion and they’re afraid of digging into it because they might lose their own faith.”

“I think we’ve got to get back to very serious study of other religions, but we’ve also got to have a strong faith ourselves.”

Mentioned in the Show

Encountering World Religions 
Understanding World Religions
Francis Schaeffer
L’Abri
The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity
Abraham Kuyper
The Venerable Bede
Zen Way, Jesus Way

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye