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Understanding Islam And Christianity: Beliefs That Separate Us and How to Talk About Them [Paperback]

Josh McDowell

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2013

For years, international apologist Josh McDowell has been alert to the challenge of Islam--and how Muslims objections to Christianity can raise deep doubts in believers minds. His recent on-the-ground research with Muslims in the Middle East has crystallized into this practical resource focusing on Jesus and the gospel. Aided by Islam expert Jim Walker, McDowell lays out the evidence on the crucial issues:

  • What kind of prophet was Jesus? Was he the Messiah?
  • Son of God? Son of Man? Whats that about?
  • How are God and Jesus related? Can they both be God?
  • The gospel--how could God dishonor his Son by letting him die horribly? What good did his death do?
  • Arent the Bibles accounts of Jesus corrupt?

With all this, as well as backgrounder appendixes on the basics, believers will have authoritative evidence from Scripture and history to intelligently deal with Muslims questions about and challenges to Christianity.

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Product Details

  • 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: #362,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Comparison March 26 2014
By Abdu H. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great way to start learning about some key differences with Islam and Christianity. March 25 2014
By Rico - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
4.0 out of 5 stars Josh always good Jan. 28 2014
By slugger - Published on Amazon.com
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Josh is answering questions he had and shares the answer with the reader. Seven more words required is why I don' review most items.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource Jan. 16 2014
By Darian Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

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