Christian hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear
Eerdmans, 2018, viii + 338 pp., pbk
Matthew Kaemingk teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary, and writes out of a background of Dutch Calvinism but with broad sympathies and a subtle ear for contemporary discourses concerning how western societies can stay recognisably democratic as the present century grows weirder. Having spent time researching in the Netherlands for this project, the book speaks more clearly to the European reader than some ethical expositions from the heartlands of enlightened American evangelicalism. This Dutch experience, as the grip of a liberal modernism has given way to confusion and to openings for the far right, in the face of social changes for whose complexity the number of Muslim immigrants stands proxy, is really quite helpful as a benchmark against which to assess the currents of thought and political choosing in Britain.