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Iowa "Christian" professor teaches Jesus was a Muslim

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Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

An alleged “Christian” Luther college professor in Iowa is teaching his students that Jesus was a Muslim. Apparently a few years ago a Muslim student challenged his thinking, and he was inspired to re-think his faith. Not only did he abandon it, but decided he must teach his blasphemy in his classroom to young students taking his  class.  Oh and see if this sounds familiar: His work and his new book is a “call for Christians and Muslims to work together to promote social justice.”

He admits it will be a stretch for some. Sadly, most of the students will absorb this false teaching.  We pick up the story from WND.Com:

Christian prof says Jesus was Muslim

A professor at an Iowa college says as a Christian, he has to say that Jesus was a Muslim.

Ignoring the historical timeline in which Jesus taught some 2,000 years ago in the Middle East and the advent of Islam is dated six centuries later, after Christianity had impacted much of the known globe, Robert F. Shedinger, who wrote “Was Jesus a Muslim?” said his research convinced him of Jesus as aligning in thought with Islam.

In a video report that was uncovered by CampusReform.org, the professor is interviewed by In The Community television in Raleigh, N.C.,

Shedinger said the issue arose when a Muslim student challenged his teaching about Islam, and he rethought not only Islam, but all of religion.

See Shedinger’s interview:

He came to perceive Islam as a social justice system instead of a religion, and found that he thought the same about Jesus.

“I had to rethink what Islam is,” Shedinger said in the interview. “I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.”

He admitted it would “be a stretch” for many to follow his process and consider Jesus a Muslim, but, “It doesn’t make me uncomfortable any more.”

“Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to that,” he said

“We’re not trying to aggravate nobody,” said the interviewer, Abdush Shahid Munir.

Noting that his audience included Christians, Muslims “and other denominations,” Munir asked Shedinger to explain this book.

Shedinger said he re-evaluated a lot of the research he’d encountered during his training, and he suddenly recognized “there were a lot of scholars out there who are arguing the points I make in the book.”

He described his book as a “call for Christians and Muslims to work together to promote social justice.”

His book is published by Fortress Press, the academic book imprint of Augsburg Fortress, which “is noted for its significant publishing in the areas of religious studies, Jewish-Christian studies, African American religion, religion and science, feminist theology, and ethics.”

“The Fortress Press is academic, ecumenical, inclusive, and international,” the company explains.

The college lists Shedinger as associate professor of religion, and cites his course teachings as Intro to the Hebrew Bible, The Bible and Imperial Politics, Intro to Islam, Life After 9/11, Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islam, and Biodiversity.

On Amazon, the book description questions the “convenient distinction” between politics and religion “and the isolation of ‘religion’ from wider social and cultural questions.”

The description suggests it’s to improve understanding between Muslims and Christians.

It revealed that those buying the book also often picked up “Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam,” too. Or the Quran.

CampusReform reported that school officials at Luther were happy with Shedinger’s work.

“The administration is very, very comfortable with the proposal, with the book, and with what his statements about this situation are,” said Jerry Johnson, a school spokesman.

The school website identifies Shedinger as department head, and cites his research interests as the Syriac versional tradition of the New Testament as well as Christian-Muslim relations in the contemporary world.

But he said there really wasn’t much of note in the book.

“The ground he is breaking with this book is not anything exactly earthshaking,” Johnson told CampusReform.

Luther, located in Decorah, Iowa, identifies itself as an undergraduate liberal arts institution that is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, ELCA.

“We embrace diversity and challenge one another to learn in community, to discern our callings, and to serve with distinction for the common good,” the college mission statement proclaims.

“As a college of the church, Luther is rooted in an understanding of grace and freedom that emboldens us in worship, study, and service to seek truth, examine our faith, and care for all God’s people.”

It emphasizes sustainability, and offers chapel and lectures on iTunes with the option “Click. Sync. Learn.”

 

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5 Responses to “Iowa "Christian" professor teaches Jesus was a Muslim”

  1. IAMone2 #

    The Muslim faith is that of anti-christ.
    There is no truth in the religion and many lies and deceits and murderous
    intentions against the Christians.
    Muslim came about in the 6 century AD.
    This just shows how strong satans lies are and how they affect the non Christian and unbelievers.
    I truly am sick at my stomach how this lost demonized child of our living Father Lord God almighty tends to use their life for such filth.
    Peace be unto you
    Amen

    July 12, 2012 at 8:56 PM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    This would be avoided if every that is said is tested or judged against God's word. Our education isn't set up to challenge or compare what is taught against the truth of God's word or to think for yourself or how to correct or receive correction. For this reason our education system both in the church and out of the church is set up for failure.

    I pray we will return to the practice of doing what we are instructed to do by the scriptures instead of holding fast to the doctrines of men taught as the commands of God.

    1 Corinthians 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

    1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak , let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted , being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say , lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught , abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

    May God grant us repentance and produce those fruits which accompany righteousness and holiness by Faith in Christ Jesus.

    July 13, 2012 at 2:52 AM Reply
  3. Tim #

    Typical Lutheran apostasy manifesting itself again. Bear in mind that Luther was a manifest heretic who denied many of the books of Scripture and even sympathised with Islam to the point of supporting the Ottoman Empire to overthrow Germany, if he could. Lutheranism has rotten fruit because its founder was a rotten heretic that denied Scripture and Christ in the first place

    July 24, 2012 at 1:04 AM Reply
  4. Tim, while the ELCA segment sadly has turned from Truth, it is important to note that not all Lutherans are apostate.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:20 AM Reply
  5. Tim #

    Not all Lutherans are apostates from the Christian Truth, but that is not because of Luther but IN SPITE OF Luther. God is not a respecter of persons when it comes to Truth. I know of a good Lutheran preacher from Germany, the late Kurt Koch. However, he was ATYPICAL of Lutheranism rather than typical. To begin with, he took a literal view of prophecy unlike Luther and the rest of the apostates.

    Notwithstanding, these sort of apostasies manifested in the Lutheran denomination are very typical of anyone who follows Luther rather than Christ in the first place

    July 25, 2012 at 2:15 PM Reply

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