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Was Dr. Dirks a Christian when he became a Muslim?

1. Introduction
Dr. Jerald F. Dirks has studied religion and psychology. He was also active as a deacon in a church. However, Dirks was inside full doubts with Christian faith, had no peace with God. He did not trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His Arabian horse hobby paved the way to Islam.

2. His theological studies
Dirks obtained his Master of Divinity (M. Div) degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1974. This school has students from many religions: Christianity, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc. The study program has a secular perspective on religion. This is in contrast to many other divinity schools with emphasis on living Christian spiritual practices [1]. Dirks became a promising young preacher. However, the academic, secular and rational study at Harvard Divinity School had made a bad impact on his personal faith. In his own words: “fighting a constant war to maintain my personal integrity”. He was not able to pass the test at the seminary and could not become a preacher.

3. His psychological studies
Therefore Dirks switched to a counseling profession and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy. D). His Christian identity became a false mask of identity, although he was a minister of a Christian church. He received a full time job was as a mental health professional. Dirks had no faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He almost stopped attending church services. Dirks did not believe in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and therefore he was not a Christian. He had a doctorate in psychology and he has published over 60 articles in the field of clinical psychology. So, we may conclude that the brain of Dr. Jerald E. Dirks was occupied with human made models about personal life and not with the love and peace of Jesus Christ in his heart.

4. How he became a Muslim
Dirks had as hobby Arab horses. He published more than 150 articles on Arabian horses. Dirks came in contact with Muslims in the United States for Arabic translation purposes. He was an unbeliever in salvation by the Jesus Christ: “I had no belief in any triune godhead, and I had no belief in anything more than a metaphorical “sonship” of Jesus”. He only believed in the Supreme Being and moral guidelines: “I had far more in common with Islamic beliefs”. He became attracted by the Muslims with their traditional Eastern values. After some time Diks became a Muslim.

5. His doctrines
Therefore it was a natural initiative to do a rational attempt to attack Christian faith. Dirks has written many writing articles and books about it. His doctrines about Christian understanding of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have been refuted by Christians [2].

6. Conclusion
Dr. Jerald E. Dirks was never a Christian. The events of his life are a warning to all:

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons." (1 Timothy 4:1).


[1] Harvard Divinity School
[2] Sam Shamoun, The Quranic understanding of historic Christian theology, A critical examination of Dr. Jerald F. Dirks’ arguments in light of the express teachings of the Quran, Answering Islam