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June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3 – Audience Reflections

10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Our third day of the MEC began with an excellent session from Paul Fiddes illuminating the rich Baptist tradition of advocating for religious rights and freedoms.  Starting with Thomas Helwys, who wrote in the early 17th […]
June 19, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3

Welcome to day 3! ________________________________________________________________ 10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Session Purpose: To gain an appreciation for the manner in which ‘religious freedom’ has been understood from within the Baptists tradition, looking at its theological, biblical and historical development and its […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 2

IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” has thus far proven to be a very illuminating, yet at times a challenging conference. Please return for session updates and audience reflections related to Day 2. ________________________________________________________________ 6) Religion, Identity and […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1 – Audience Reflections

2) Theological & Biblical Foundations for Human Rights Based Approaches [12:00 – 1:30pm] This morning, Dr. Paul Fiddes provided a theological and biblical basis for human rights. He began by demonstrating that human rights are not merely a construct of Western individualism but rather they are reciprocal events embedded within social […]
June 17, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1

This morning, IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” kicks off and promises to be a very illuminating, if at times very challenging conference. For a brief overview of the conference, conference themes and program of events, please follow […]
June 7, 2013

What’s Happening at IMES this June?

IMES Staff June tends to be our busiest month of the year at the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES). As such, we felt that giving you some insights into what lies ahead over the coming weeks might give you a better idea as to what we’ve been working on, […]
May 16, 2013

Muslims, Mary, and the ‘Son of God’: Colin Chapman Reflects (Part 2)

In reflecting upon The Annunciation, the announcement of Jesus’s coming birth to Mary, IMES MRel faculty Colin Chapman set out last week  to share with us “how he would try to explain to Muslims what we mean when we say that Jesus is the Son of God”. You can find […]
May 9, 2013

Muslims, Mary, and the ‘Son of God’: A Reflection (Part 1)

Being home to millions of Muslims, Christians, Druze and others, Lebanon celebrates many holidays. However, one holiday in particular, “The Annunciation”, has taken on special significance as being the only holiday celebrated by virtually all Lebanese faith traditions. IMES MRel Faculty Colin Chapman shares his reflections below.– IMES Staff Muslims, Mary, and […]