Christian Professor From Iowa College Says Jesus was a Muslim

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Do Muslims understand Jesus in some ways more historically appropriate than Christians do?

Source: WND Education

A professor at an Iowa college says as a Christian, he has to say that Jesus was a Muslim.

Ignoring the historical timeline in which Jesus taught some 2,000 years ago in the Middle East and the advent of Islam is dated six centuries later, after Christianity had impacted much of the known globe, Robert F. Shedinger, who wrote “Was Jesus a Muslim?” said his research convinced him of Jesus as aligning in thought with Islam.

 In a video report that was uncovered by, the professor is interviewed by In The Community television in Raleigh, N.C.,

Shedinger said the issue arose when a Muslim student challenged his teaching about Islam, and he rethought not only Islam, but all of religion.

He came to perceive Islam as a social justice system instead of a religion, and found that he thought the same about Jesus.

“I had to rethink what Islam is,” Shedinger said in the interview. “I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.”

He admitted it would “be a stretch” for many to follow his process and consider Jesus a Muslim, but, “It doesn’t make me uncomfortable any more.”

“Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to that,” he said

“We’re not trying to aggravate nobody,” said the interviewer, Abdush Shahid Munir.

Noting that his audience included Christians, Muslims “and other denominations,” Munir asked Shedinger to explain this book.

Shedinger said he re-evaluated a lot of the research he’d encountered during his training, and he suddenly recognized “there were a lot of scholars out there who are arguing the points I make in the book.”

He described his book as a “call for Christians and Muslims to work together to promote social justice.”

His book is published by Fortress Press, the academic book imprint of Augsburg Fortress, which “is noted for its significant publishing in the areas of religious studies, Jewish-Christian studies, African American religion, religion and science, feminist theology, and ethics.”

“The Fortress Press is academic, ecumenical, inclusive, and international,” the company explains.

The college lists Shedinger as associate professor of religion, and cites his course teachings as Intro to the Hebrew Bible, The Bible and Imperial Politics, Intro to Islam, Life After 9/11, Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islam, and Biodiversity.

Read more and watch a video interview in WND Education

Introduction to the Book in Amazon

An intriguing question — Do Muslims understand Jesus in some ways more historically appropriate than Christians do? leads Robert F. Shedinger into a series of provocative challenges to the disciplines of religious studies and comparative religions. Questioning the convenient distinction between “politics” and “religion” and the isolation of “religion” from wider social and cultural questions, Shedinger offers a proposal for a more accurate and respectful understanding of faith that he argues will improve possibilities for mutual understanding among Christians, Muslims — and others.

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4 replies

  1. If anyone looks at the Quranic verses, followers of any Prophet, especially after Abraham AS have been called Muslims.
    The names have been changed later by the followers, who did not want to accept the next Prophet in line whether it be Jesus AS or Muhammad SAW.
    Thankyou, Mr. Shedinger, for having the courage to speak up.

  2. Glad to see that my thesis is still garnering some attention. I hope people will do me the courtesy of reading the book before jumping to conclusions about the argument.

  3. Yes, of course,because if Islam means complete surrender to the will of God Jesus surrendered himself completely to the will of God on the cross when he said “Not my will but Thy will be done.” Jesus is also the Alpha & the Omega. He was the First Muslim and will also be the Last.
    -Christopher Michael Isaac Emmanuel,
    New Delhi, India

  4. I respectfully disagree with C.M. Emmanuel sahib. Jesus is a Muslim, top quality, high ranking Muslim; but he is not the first Muslim and not the last Muslim. The Alpha and Omega is alright.

    We know, from Quran, that the God Almighty has named the followers of Abraham as “Muslims”. It is a name given by Allah (God). Muslim is the one who submits to the will of God. Islam means peace and submission to the Creator.

    Many learned persons agree and wish to submit to God. The famous German philosophet, poet J.W. Goethe said:

    “Narrisch das jeder in seinem Falle,
    Seine besondere meinung preist.
    Wen Islam Gott ergeben heist,
    Im Islam leben und sterben wir Alle.”

    “It is foolishness that every one,
    is busy praising himelf (Self praise is foolishness).
    If Islam means submission to God,
    Then we all live and die as Muslims.”

    Mr. Shedinger must be much relieved by telling the truth. There is no harm to Mr. Shedinger as a Christian. He can keep his faith. We as Ahmadi Muslims are happy to have faith in Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. It is the prophet Muhammad who has taught us these good things. By being a Muslim, we do not lose anything. We have the love and respect of all the prophets that I have mentioned above.

    By being a Muslim, we do not lose the love and respect for Jesus or Moses. In fact that love is much increased. And we are not narrow minded too.

    Religion is non-political. It should foster love and should be all embracing. That is Islam. Of course, narrow minded muslims have misnderstood the real teachings of Islam. They should know that there is no limit to the doing of good deeds. But there is no hatred or harshness in Islam.

    As Muslims, we have the whole good story of the birth of Jesus and the pious life of his mother (Mary) and the pious life of his grand mother (who offered her offspring, before birth, in service of God.) We have the full story of the difficulty that Jesus faced when he started preaching; how he was opposed and later suffered on the cross!

    We read the bible with fair mind and we understand the Good words of Jesus and Moses and all.

    There is all praise in my heart for Mr. Shedinger. May God bless him with more knowledge. Amen.

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