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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: #209,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 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 things like the five pillars of Islam or the application of Sharia Law, it does focus on probably 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.

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 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 my faith as a Christian.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
McDowell and Walker hit a Home Run! March 7 2014
By Dale Wicker - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More than a Comparison March 26 2014
By Abdu H. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Josh McDowell did the right thing in teaming up with Jim Walker for this book. Josh's reputation in communicating Christian truths precedes itself, but Jim Walker has forgotten more about Islam than most people will learn, which is why this book is so valuable. McDowell and Walker take the hottest button issues--the main differences and points of tension--and address them in readable, yet rigorous ways.

This book offers not just rehashed arguments and facts from previous works. Instead, McDowell and Walker cite to some of the latest scholarship on the authenticity of the Bible and the newest works on Christian doctrine and Islam. This book doesn't present a caricature of Islam to compare Christianity to. Instead, McDowell and Walker offer a respectful and honest view of Islam using trusted Islamic sources to allow the reader to make an informed decision about the differences between these two influential and world-changing faith traditions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very informative! Dec 9 2013
By Larik Burci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Understanding Islam and Christianity
I have read a lot of books by Josh McDowell and according to our pastor he is one of the best theological writers out there. So, it was a given that this book was a must read for me, but besides my high respect for Josh McDowell, I picked this book because I used to have a friend that was from muslim family, but I know nothing about their belief nor about Quran. I did my best and converted my friend to Christianity but I was just like so many others that come to Muslims with 180 degree disagreement. We don't even ask about their faith we just plain out say they are wrong. Did you know that they believe in the same God we do? Do you know that they believe in Jesus? That there are so many similarities between the religions?? The sad part is the key difference between the two-- believing Jesus is the Son of God. They dont and that cuts out their salvation. They live a life that is constantly weighted on the scales. For each sinful deed or thought they have to do something good to balance the scale. Can you live with that kind of stress? Can you imagine not being able to just ask for forgiveness for your sins and go on but to do good things for all the bad?? I know I couldn't.
Do you know why in reality they curse christians and kill them? Do you know the truth about crucifixion or the resurrection? And so-so much more..
This book holds so many answers..
Josh McDowell took Bible, Quaran, Thorah, and history and proved the truths about everything we believe today.
My father isnt a Christian and lately he started trying to prove the Bible wrong. Well this book brought forth a great debate and I finaly managed to prove to him that we Christians aren't practicing a blind faith but have proven facts that solidify Bible and all it is teaching!! ;)
Dear reader, do you have doubts and questions about all this religious business? Do you want to know the detailed history of each of these Great Books? Read this book and find answers to all your doubts.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Opening up communication between Islam and Christianity Oct. 1 2013
By Upstate New York Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I have now read three books that attempt to respond to offer a Christian response to Islam. The previous two were:

Camel How Muslims Are Coming to Faith in Christ!
Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

Like those previous two, the newest book suggests that the way into the hearts of the the Muslim community is through listening and understanding. Surprisingly, this is also the same lesson that I heard in the World Religions course that was part of my seminary education 40 years ago. It was also one of the primary lessons learned in my evangelism course at the same institution. It was also a primary lesson presented as I completed my degree in Community Counseling at the University of Nebraska.

It appears that it is difficult to accomplish that task with people - both those who are like us and those who are different. Of course, to some extent, that is true for everyone.

The current book is as much a call to listening as it is a call to understanding - for the Christian to understand the Muslim and for the Muslim to understand the Christian. Too often we argue against stick men that we have built from rumors and stories told by others, rather than listening to those whose beliefs we disagree with.

I am not sure whether Understanding Islam and Christianity is written for the Islamic or the Christian communities. Regardless, the contents of this book can serve as a bridge between these two communities.

As one might expect from Josh McDowell, the book is a clear statement of Christian doctrine, a carefully researched study of the beliefs of Islam by one who has lived within their culture for many years. The book examines both the theological and historical roots of both Islam and Christianity. Though not a long book, it does provide a scholarly look at two cultures that have stood opposed to each other for centuries. It is a recommended read for both the Islamic and Christian communities. Perhaps it will open lines of communications that have previously been closed.
This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.