“Best Theology Book of 2018”

— Englewood Review of Books

Winner: 2018 Award of Merit

— Christianity Today

“This is a wonderfully written, ambitious, and urgent work of theology, ethics, and political theory. It rings with unusual vitality and passion.”

— Shadi Hamid, author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam Is Reshaping the World


“A pathbreaking, theologically rich Christian intervention into contemporary public debates over the place of Muslims in western societies. . . . Matthew Kaemingk has pulled off a feat many would have thought impossible.”

— Jonathan Chaplin, author of Multiculturalism: A Christian Retrieval


“Through an in-depth, critical engagement with Abraham Kuyper’s theological ethics, Matthew Kaemingk shows why and how commitment to Jesus Christ should issue in a political pluralism marked by hospitality to and solidarity with Muslim neighbors.”

— Joshua Ralston, University of Edinburgh


Millions of Muslims have migrated into the West over the past 50 years. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates about religious freedom and tolerance, terrorism and security, gender and race, and so much more. As Muslims stream into the West, they confront modern democracies with more than an ancient religion, they bring an ancient question as well.

How can diverse faiths live together?

A Christian theologian and ethicist, Dr. Matthew Kaemingk offers his readers a thoughtful and robust Christian response to the growing reality of Muslim public presence in the West.

The book begins by offering American readers a unique and insightful look into the European experience with Muslim immigration. Highlighting the Dutch experience, the book reveals the complexity of the political and cultural challenges Islamic migration presents to the West.

Once the challenges are clearly examined, the book turns to ask the question "How should Christians respond?" Rejecting both the fearful nationalism of the right and the romantic multiculturalism of the left, Kaemingk develops "third way" for Christians to live in a diverse and contested world.

Drawing on historical resources in Christian theology, Kaemingk makes a case for a third way he calls "Christian pluralism." This third way is rooted in both an exclusive commitment to Christianity and an inclusive commitment to the rights, dignity, and freedom of Islam.



“Kaemingk is a winsome guide through difficult terrain. He avoids the easy dead-ends—assimilate or stay out—that too often shape responses to the real challenges of Muslim immigration in western democracies. But he also doesn’t assume that we’ll find our way somewhere in the middle of those opposing poles. Instead, he charts an alternative course, using a theological map that takes pluralism seriously. Along the way, he stays grounded in real-world experience while never losing sight of basic convictions. The result: A book that is both timely and compelling.”

— Kevin den Dulk, Calvin College


“While engaging lived realities and introducing us to actual people impacted by those lived realities, Matthew Kaemingk provides a compelling vision for Christian faith to serve as a bridge, not a barrier, to loving the many different neighbors we live alongside within our contemporary pluralistic context. This extraordinary book is of tremendous import for the big questions the church needs to ask in this complex cultural moment; at the same time it affirms the significance of the small, daily ways Christians can love their neighbors through their regular lives and callings. I wish all Western Christians would engage with Kaemingk’s exceptionally readable and timely book as they wrestle with what it means to be a Christian called to love with generous hospitality in our pluralistic culture.”

— Kristen Deede Johnson, Western Theological Seminary


“In this compelling work Matthew Kaemingk asks what Amsterdam has to do with Mecca, and the answers he finds turn out to have implications the world over. . . . The charity and clarity on display here will challenge Christians to think more deeply, and to act more responsibly, in response to the call to live peacefully and faithfully with Muslim neighbors.”

— Jordan J. Ballor, Acton Institute