Evangelical Leaders’ Contact with Muslims
The February Evangelical Leaders Survey asked: “Do you have a mosque in your neighborhood? Have you personally had a serious discussion with a Muslim in the past year?” In response 27% reported living or working in proximity of a mosque and 33% said they had a serious conversation with a Muslim. A large majority (73% and 67%) have no close contact with institutional Islam or individual Muslims.
Some reporting serious discussions indicated they were more likely to have had those discussions through formal inter-faith dialogue, professional ministry or international travel than personal friendships. One denominational executive said that “except from a distance at an airport, I have not even seen a Muslim with which to have a conversation.”