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Understanding Islam And Christianity: Beliefs That Separate Us and How to Talk About Them Paperback – Oct 1 2013

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736949909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736949903
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is written from the Christian point of view ... Oct. 17 2014
By David's Wife - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is written from the Christian point of view and it explains some of the differences in the beliefs of Christians and Muslims using Christian scripture and writings from Christian theologians. I think it's intent may be to help Christians present their views to Muslims. It may be helpful to some people in that regard. I think that Muslims may be offended by the book though. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very interesting with "meaty" information Nov. 16 2013
By Cafe Lily Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was a very interesting book to read, and while I thought I knew the main differences between Islam and Christianity, this book really opened my eyes to some details that I had not read before.

I saw another review that complained about this book being limited in topics.

The author clearly states on Page 13, that this book addresses the **most frequently** discussed topics between Muslims and Christians. This is not being marketed as an exhaustive reference, so you may be disappointed if you are expecting a wide variety of topics.

The topics covered are the ones most frequently debated or discussed between the two religions, such as: Was Jesus crucified?
Was Jesus the divine Son of God?
Is the New Testament reliable?

These topics and others are covered, and I think the authors provide a lot of "meaty" information on these subjects. As a Christian, I appreciated the chapters that cover (and prove) the reliability of the New Testament. If you enjoy apologetics, these chapters are excellent.

When readers finish this book, they will understand that while Muslims may use a few similar semantics, they do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, nor do they believe in the Trinity. It's pretty cut and dried, and educational if you are looking to further your studies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Great Resource Jan. 16 2014
By Darian Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book that lays out all the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. The Authors go back to orginal orgins and trace both fath's hsitories and how they have affected each other. This is an excellent resource for any Christian wanting to know more about this fast growing religion and how that can affect the church. A solid welll written book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great way to start learning about some key differences with Islam and Christianity. March 25 2014
By Rico - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this book does not cover the totality of Islamic theology and focus on various other things like the five pillars of Islam or the application of Sharia Law, it does focus on probably one of the, if not most decisive thing that separates the two faiths- the divinity of Jesus. As a believer/ follower of Christ who works for a major Christian missions organization, that runs into Muslims frequently on the campus I work on, I really need to understand key points of difference in Islam and Christianity such as the ones mentioned in this book.

Josh and Jim do a great job showing the points of agreement Muslims and Christians may have with Christ as an example, but also talk about what makes Jesus unique, in terms of his claims of being more than a prophet, but the Son of God too. I love how the book also not only addresses issues centered on Jesus, but also on the formation of the trinity and formalizing of the New Testament canon.

In addition time is taken to examine the prophetic and biographical back ground of the Muhammad, the man who played a critical role in the start of Islam in the 7th century. I found it extremely helpful that Islamic claims of Muhammad being foreshadowed in the bible are also addressed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Christian as a great way to start investigating the beliefs and claims of Islam compared to Christianity or as a way to supplement one's current understand of the two faiths. I would also say this could be a great way to help a Muslim to understand your faith as a Christian.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
McDowell and Walker hit a Home Run! March 7 2014
By Dale Wicker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an outstanding apologetic on some basic tenets of the Christian faith, especially the Trinity, within the context of how it compares to the Muslim faith. It is written to answer many of the basic questions that Muslims may have about Christianity and Jesus, as well as what the Quran says about People of the Book (Christians). Christians should read this, just so they have a better understanding of why they believe what they do.
Chapter 3 covers the relationship of the Father and the Son and is worth the price of the book alone! McDowell and Walker do an excellent job of explaining and articulating Jesus’ relationship with the Father. One of the best I’ve ever read! And Chapter 8 on Muhammad is also very enlightening (to Christians and Muslim’s alike) as to what the Quran and Bible clearly say or do not say about him. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to everyone as a great foundational approach to the comparison of Christianity and Islam. The authors hit a home run with this!