This study has shown that today’s 21st church of Jesus Christ must abandon the notion that Islam is a formidable foe. Rather, Islam must be viewed as a people group for which Christ made atonement. Christ is waiting for the church of today to rise to the challenges and opportunities that Islam currently presents. This thesis has demonstrated that Christ has opened wide the doors of opportunity for inter-faith dialogue. The time is now. This research has sought to gain a pellucid grasp of the historical and contemporary missiological approaches and attitudes toward Islam. Implications for understanding and building bridges which form essential steps toward interfaith dialogue have been demonstrated through missiological research. The issue of fear and antagonism among Muslims due to the September 11 terrorist activities (which raised the level of awareness of Islamic terrorists on a global scale) was carefully examined. Recommendations were given to demonstrate ways in which Christians can emit a peaceable witness to their Muslim neighbors.

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