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Muslims and Christians: A History of Conflict and Conversion (Christianity Today Essentials Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Miller , Paul Crawford , Christopher Armstrong , James A. Beverley , J. Dudley Woodberry , Christianity Today , Samuel Hugh Moffett , Mateen A. Elass , Mark Galli

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The daily news reminds us of the ongoing conflict between Muslims and Christians across the world, especially in places like Indonesia and Sudan. Even in America, where freedom of religion is a cardinal virtue, many Christians are increasingly anxious about a growing Muslim presence. But this is not a new tension; it stretches back to the seventh century. This eBook is an attempt to give a highlight reel of that history to help us gain perspective on the conflict today.

Given the amount of hostility and misinformation in this discussion, it is vital to get the history and facts straight. There are conflicts that will never go away, of course; there are irreconcilable theological differences between Christianity and Islam. But conflicts based on poor historical understanding—well, the world is too dangerous a place to keep fostering those. And we will only be successful at reaching out to our Muslim neighbors with the love of Christ when we come in both grace and truth.

Table of Contents:

Introduction – Mark Galli

Chapter 1: A Confused and Violent Beginning – James A. Beverley
Islam 101

Chapter 2: How Early Muslims Treated Their Christian Subjects – Christopher Armstrong
The Pact of Umar

Chapter 3: The Crusades: A Deadly Give and Take– Paul Crawford
The Battle of Tours, 732: Two Divergent Views

Chapter 4: How Martin Luther Shaped Our View of Islam– Gregory Miller
Four Medieval Missionaries to Islam

Chapter 5: Jihad: Is Islam a Religion of Violence? – Mateen A. Elass

Chapter 6: How to Do Muslim Apologetics: Two Classic Christian Models– Samuel Hugh Moffett

Chapter 7: How Muslims View Us– A conversation with J. Dudley Woodberry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Christianity Today International (April 1 2012)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource April 18 2012
By Agile Arts - Published on
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This is a great resource for Christians who want to understand one of the most important issues of our times. That is, how believers should approach and understand our relationships with Muslims. The evangelical record has been spotty when it comes to engagement with Muslims since the September 11th attacks. This book will help serious Christians gain a deeper appreciation for the complex history Christianity has with the adherents of Islam, and how that context fits into today's political and religious environments.

A good companion to this book is Christians and Muslims at the Epicenter: How the Sept. 11th Attacks Shook and Transformed American Evangelicalism. This book, also available on Kindle, brings the reader up to date with respect to the content outlined in "Muslims and Christians: A History of Conflict and Conversion." Together, the two offer a well-rounded look at the deep roots and modern developments in Muslim-Christian relations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars CT's Muslims and Christians Sept. 6 2012
By Timothy Mills - Published on
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This e-book is just "okay." While I love the Kindle format I selected, the content lacked passion and luster. It seemed that the authors wanted to point out the minor differences while leaving major issues unaddressed. Is the god of Islam the same person as the God of Christianity? Looking at the personal attributes of both, I must conclude "No, they are not the same person." In Muslims and Christianity, the equivalency is unstated but clearly implied even in the title of the book. The subtitle "A History of Conflict and Conversion," is telling about what the writer's intention was; this is not a theological book, but a history. To find the differences between them one must look elsewhere, this history may explain some of the mistrust and animus, but misses the foundational issues that underlie the differences.
3.0 out of 5 stars Start Here, but Don't Stop Here July 12 2014
By Andrew Pottenger - Published on
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This is a basic (very basic) introduction to the history Muslim-Christian relations written for readers of the American evangelical publication "Christianity Today."

The book has a significant and notable weakness. It contains not one single Muslim perspective. It is all written by Christian or non-Muslim authors who, though careful to include a "Muslim perspective," nevertheless share it from a Christian or Western point of view. I would have greatly enjoyed, and the book would have benefited from, a few Muslim authors either addressing this or that issue or - at the very least - being quoted by the present authors. One would assume the work of the specialists contains a more truly balanced approach. Also missing is any discussion on "agenda-free evangelism," by which I mean loving people freely and not out of potentially self-centered (you read that right) desire to make conversions. The book is helpful for a general basic understanding of Islam and some of the history involving Christians and Muslims, but fails to deal with some important questions raised by the thoughtful reader.

Still, it's a good introduction. I've made use of it in getting to know some new friends who are Muslim or come from a Muslim background. It serves its purpose well enough, but readers should definitely not limit themselves to this book alone as their only way of understanding Islam. Start here, but don't stop here. If you want to understand Islam and Muslims, you've got a lot more reading and interacting to do than this book will allow for.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thourough overview April 13 2014
By Colleen M Yim - Published on
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This was a thorough and objective overview of the history of Christian and Islamic history. Well written and engaging, another strong point were the leads for follow-up for those who want to know more and dig deeper.
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick and yet thorough guide June 26 2013
By Adam L Long - Published on
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This is a quick and yet thorough guide to understanding the history of the relationship between Islam and Christianity. I especially appreciated the historical examination of the crusades in comparison to the often niave self-loathing view.

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