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Biblical, Religious and Philosophical Studies


In this paper, I examine people who choose to follow Christ within Islam (FCWis). While these people accept Christ as Lord and Savior, they maintain a Muslim identity and do not adopt a Christian identity or affiliate with the Church. I begin with an overview of belief and practice among FCWis. Then I examine the most significant objections raised against FCWis by Christians. Finally, I explore social factors leading Muslims to follow Christ in this way, examine FCWis in light of early followers of Christ, and highlight a Biblical and theological framework for understanding FCWis in a positive light. Drawing on these considerations, I argue that FCWIs are indeed an acceptable way of following Christ - faithful to Christ's example and consistent with what he asks of his followers.