Dordt College News

“Face to Face with Islam” lecture at Dordt College

October 12, 2011

For more than 15 years, Dave DeVries lived and worked among Islamic people. Now he returns to the United States and to Dordt College to discuss North America’s ongoing encounters with Islam. 

On Wednesday, October 19, DeVries will present “Coming Face to Face – Understanding our Encounters with Islam since 9/11.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center (S101).

With this presentation, DeVries will share reflections on why he believes the events of September 11, 2001, happened; he will also tackle misunderstandings that many Americans have had since then about Muslims.

By exploring messages about Muslims, discussing key differences between Muslim and Christian theology, and sharing stories about how Islamic theology plays out in daily life, DeVries will explain how we as Christians should view Muslims in an entirely new light.

“It may move you to pray for and reach out to the very world that many now fear,” DeVries said.

DeVries was first asked to present on this topic in the aftermath of September 11. Having had extensive experience relating to everyday Muslims, he developed a program to help answer questions surrounding the September 11 attacks. He has since traveled around the United States visiting various institutions to help others work through the confusion and frustration that the events of September 11 left behind.

“Unfortunately, 10 years later, it is still incredibly relevant,” he said. The event is free and open to the public.

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