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Adam Francisco

An excerpt from: Luther, Lutheranism, and the Challenge of Islam
Adam S. Francisco

One might wonder where Lutherans fit into the mix of Christian responses to Islam. While the subject is rarely covered, it should be known that we, too, have a long history in dealing with the challenge of Islam, dating all the way back to the sixteenth-century Reformation and Martin Luther. We also have our share of contemporary scholars on Islam,' but most of them are approaching or are already in retirement. This presents an enormous challenge for us, for Islam will continue to grow, if not through proseletization, then through demographic growth. Since 1945, the number of Muslims across the world has quadrupled, and it shows no sign of decline. In fact this phenomenon is particularly worrisome when one considers the shape of western Europe. Recent analysis suggest that by 2025 one-third of all children will be born to Muslim families, and, according to Mark Steyn's America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, by 2050 the urban centers of Europe will be predominated by Muslims, which will be followed shortly thereafter by radical changes not just in demographics but political and legal structures.

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