Understanding Islam And Christianity: Beliefs That Separate Us and How to Talk About Them Paperback – Oct 1 2013
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Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including "Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter" (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and "The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, "recognized by "World "magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.
Jim Walker has been involved in Islamic ministry and research for over 20 years. He has led and taught numerous seminars for Christians interested in learning about Muslims faith."
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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.
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.
They move to how the two differ over what it means that Jesus is God's Son, answering the Muslim objections. They also look at other titles given to Jesus, including the title "Son of God," what Jesus meant by it, how the Jews understood it, and why the Muslims reject it. The Quran's teaching on the subject is compared with the Bible. They explore the understanding and history of the Christian's Trinity, revealing the Muslim misunderstanding. They answer Muslim objections to the belief.
Next they address the atonement and the Muslim objections to it. They explore the differences in the understanding of "salvation" by Christians and Muslims. Then they answer the Quran's claim that Jesus was not crucified by examining the evidence from the Old Testament, Quran, New Testament, historians, and medicine.
The Muslim claims that the Bible predicted Muhammad are investigated, both the "counselor" Jesus foretold and the "prophet" Moses foretold. Both ideas are soundly defeated.
Then the authors address the Muslim claim that the Bible has been "corrupted." (I don't understand why this wasn't the first topic covered. The authors admit that the use of the New Testament in proving answers to previous issues relies on its reliability. (183) So why not prove its reliability before using it as proof?) They also clarify how the New Testament Canon was determined. (This is McDowell's expertise and it shows. Fifty pages of the book are given to this topic.)
Next is an evaluation of the Quran. They note, "Muslims believe that the Quran in their hands today is a copy of the heavenly Quran. It is eternal, uncreated, an attribute of Allah." (235) They then give evidence to show that the Quran is, in fact, the creation of men. They also show how the truth of the Bible is confirmed in the Quran. This is followed by an evaluation of Muhammad's life.
I am not sure of the value of this book. For a Muslim to read it, or for a Christian to use it in dialog with a Muslim, the Muslim would have to accept the Bible as accurate. The authors themselves admit, "Most sincere Muslims we've met and with whom we have discussed this topic [of the crucifixion] are adamant in insisting that Jesus was not crucified and for the most part disregard any evidence that says otherwise. We can understand that mentality when one believes the Quran is from God and is afraid to question his own faith." (132) My understanding is that Muslims believe the Christian Bible has been "corrupted" and the Quran corrects it. The authors do show that the Bible is affirmed by the Quran, but that is at the end of the book, not the beginning.
The scope of this book is limited. There is nothing about heaven, how non-Muslims live in a Muslim society, jihad, etc. This book basically covers the persons of Jesus and Muhammad. I think the title is a bit of a misnomer.
The authors freely quote other sources, lots of other sources, and at length. So if you've read much on the topic, this book may not contain new information for you. This book would serve as a limited introduction to a comparison of Islam and Christianity, specific to a few topics.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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!