Entertaining Angels Unaware

Welcoming the Immigrant Other

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Philip A. Gottschalk
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , January
     246 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The United States and many western European nations have grown by immigration. What sort of reception have immigrants been given by Christians? Are Christians today aware of the need of people suffering from war or persecution to immigrate to safe places? In earlier times immigrants were generally "like us." Now many immigrants are often Muslims, who not only dress distinctively, but practice a different religious creed as well. Many fear that terrorists will enter our country under the guise of immigrants. Christians, however, belong to another kingdom, the kingdom of Jesus the Messiah. A Christian response to the needs of refugees and immigrants should reflect their commitment to Christ more than their fears or political allegiances. Through stories of immigrants in the past and present, this book aims to show that not only is it safe to accept them, but our commitment to Christ compels us to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Philip Gottschalk is professor of philosophy and chair of the Division of Theological and Historical Studies at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands. He has lived in FR Yugoslavia, Austria, Serbia, Belgium, and the Netherlands and has worked with immigrants and refugees in the United States, Serbia, Greece, and the Netherlands.


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