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Lacks an informed understanding of the Islamic faith, Feb 23 2011
This is a great book for those who are willing to swallow anything they can find to justify their preconceived notions and hatred for Islam. As for those who are sincere in their search for truth, and would really like to understand the scriptures of the three Abrahamic faiths, a must-read would be The Cross and the Crescent, by Dr. Jerald Dirks. Dr. Dirks was an ordained minister with a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity and who has had the opportunity to study the so-called apocryphal books of the New Testament - those earlier documents that originated nearest the lifetime of Jesus. According to Dr. Dirks, the apocryphal documents are incongruent with what we find in the Bible and hear in Church today. Some may be surprised to hear, however, that they are congruent with the Qur'an. Therefore, one can only assume that the Bible and 'Christianity' which we know today, is not an accurate understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Yes, Muslims revere a different Jesus than the Christians today - Muslims revere the historical Jesus, the Prophet who truly existed.