OUR MISSION

The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. This community is centered on a growing network of city-based chapters located in North America and around the world.

Philos equips a new generation of Western Christians to support friends in the region who share our vision for pluralism. We offer educational resources, immersive travel programs, and networking and advocacy opportunities that help Christian leaders understand and engage with important Middle East issues and support innovative projects that help advance liberty and justice on the ground.

THE STORY OF PHILOS

Philos Project founder and Executive Director Robert Nicholson recounts the journey that lead to the creation of the organization, why it exists today and how Philos plays an important part in the conversation about the Middle East. 

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What is The Philos Project?

The Philos Project is a dynamic leadership community dedicated to promoting positive Christian engagement in the Middle East. This community is centered on a growing network of city-based chapters located in North America and around the world.

What does Philos actually do?

Philos offers educational resources, immersive travel programs, and networking and advocacy opportunities that help Christian leaders understand and engage with important Middle East issues. We also support innovative projects that help advance liberty and justice on the ground.

What is “positive Christian engagement”?

Positive Christian engagement is learned, principled, practical, relational, and action-oriented activity that defends human life, human thought, and human diversity.

In a word, what is the Philos worldview?

Pluralism.

What is the Philos vision?

A Middle East based on freedom and rule of law where nations, tribes, and religious communities live beside each other as neighbors.

What kind of Christianity does Philos espouse?

Philos is a non-sectarian organization whose board, staff, and members belong to various Christian churches and hold to various schools of theological interpretation within the realm of Nicene orthodoxy.

What is your position on the gospel?

The gospel “is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) We insist upon the right of all people to embrace, pursue, and discuss the gospel in every country, basing that right on the dictates of our faith and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

What kind of political views does Philos hold?

Philos is a non-partisan organization.

What is your position on the State of Israel?

We believe that the Jewish nation is an indigenous nation of the Middle East with a right to live in its ancient homeland. We believe that the State of Israel is a legitimate expression of Jewish nationhood. We also believe that Israel has the right to defend itself, as well as the obligation to protect its citizens regardless of race, creed, or color. Our support for Israel’s legitimacy does not imply support for any particular party, ministry, legislative or executive action, or public statement issued by any government official. Israel is a state and should be held to the same standards as any other state.

What are your theological views about the Jewish people and the State of Israel?

The Jewish people played a special role in the history of Christianity, and therefore deserve a special place in the Christian conversation about the Middle East. With regard to precise theological views of the Jewish people and their relationship to the church, Philos takes no official position. Some of our members have deep theological views about the Jews; others have none at all. We seek only a more thoughtful and respectful conversation on the topic.

What is your position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Our position begins from principles, not paradigms. We support Jewish security and self-determination in the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea; we also support Palestinian security and self- determination in the same area. Broadly, then, we support some variant of the two-state solution – ideally a Jewish state with a Palestinian minority and a Palestinian state with a Jewish minority – although we are open to new approaches that recognize both Jewish and Palestinian rights, including innovative ideas about confederation. We adamantly oppose those who deny the connection of Jews or Palestinians to the land, or who call for violence against the other. Both the Jewish state and the Palestinian state should be democratic and pluralistic.

What is your position on Christians of the Middle East?

We affirm the right of all Christians to live and flourish as indigenous citizens of the Middle East. Given the long history of discrimination and persecution, we believe that Middle Eastern Christians deserve unique protections – even affirmative action – in order to preserve their language, culture, and religious practices. We call upon all Middle Eastern states to embrace Christians as equal members of society, not second-class citizens. We also call upon Western states and non-state actors to steward their resources and influence in a way that advances the best interests of Middle Eastern Christians in their ancient homelands.

What is your position on Muslims?

We make a distinction between Muslims and Islam. Muslims are human beings made in the image of God who merit the same dignity and respect accorded to all human beings. Islam is a world religion, even a world civilization, with views about faith and politics that diverge from Christian views at key points. As Christians we recognize commonalities between our two religions: a shared patriarch in Abraham, a commitment to monotheism, and a joint affirmation of traditional values. We also recognize a tremendous range of opinion within the Muslim world. As Christians, however, we reject the central truth claim of Islam – that God superseded prior revelations by giving one final revelation to Muhammad in the Qur’an – and disagree with those schools of Islamic interpretation that reject pluralism, denigrate non-Muslims, or seek to impose Islamic doctrine through violence. We respect and affirm the right of Muslims to practice their faith freely. But we respect a religion only until it forces itself on those who don't believe. We seek to build lasting friendships with those Muslims who share a commitment to pluralism and endorse the right of Jews and Christians to live as equals in the modern Middle East.

WORK AT THE PHILOS PROJECT!

Operations Director

Managerial

The Philos Project is seeking an experienced Director of Operations to organize and oversee the daily operations of the organization.

Hispanic Affairs Associate

Entry Level

The Hispanic Affairs Associate will assist in developing and implementing plans and goals for the department and co-lead in strategic direction and overall execution to drive performance results. 

Marketing Manager

Will be responsible for developing marketing strategies, identifying audiences and partners, developing budgets, establishing measurement tools, and scheduling and creating promotional/marketing calendars.