Three and a half billion people—the majority of the world’s population—profess Christianity or Islam. Renowned scholar Miroslav Volf’s controversial proposal is that Muslims and Christians do worship the same God—the only God. As Volf reveals, warriors in the “clash of civilizations” have used “religions”—each with its own god and worn as a badge of identity—to divide and oppose, failing to recognize the one God whom Muslims and Christians understand in partly different ways.
Writing from a Christian perspective, and in dialogue with leading Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world, Volf reveals surprising points of intersection and overlap between these two faith traditions:
Volf explains the hidden agendas behind today’s news stories as he thoughtfully considers the words of religious leaders and parses the crucial passages from the Bible and the Qur’an that continue to ignite passion. Allah offers a constructive way forward by reversing the “our God vs. their God” premise that destroys bridges between neighbors and nations, magnifies fears, and creates strife.
I have not read this book yet, but I did scan the preface and am sure I will enjoy it.
Volf's method does not engage objectively with Islam in a rigorous way, carefully examining the weight of evidence for and against his various positions.
The most surprising part of the book was his analysis of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity in the light of Islamic monotheism.
The similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity are explained in a way that is clear, yet not overly-simplified. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lori Schwilling
I have not read this book yet, but I did scan the preface and am sure I will enjoy it.Published 9 months ago by Bartholomer Arrington
Volf's analysis and perspective on this important issue is refreshing. When so many Christians are trying distance themselves from Muslims, Volf gives us a reason and way to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Glenn Garrison
A thoughtful, insightful read.
This was the first book I've read by M. Volf and though I'm told I could have better begun with "Free of Change" in terms of ease of reading, I... Read more
This author sacrifices the truth for the sake of unity between the two religions, Christianity and Islam. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kojobovava
Mirsolav Volf grew up in Yugoslavia, a country that was destroyed by tensions turned into wars among some of its ethnic groups. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Graham Brookes
The author says he is coming from a "Christian perspective", but he ends up, through logic, deductive reasoning, and other avenues of attempting to persuade the reader that The... Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by L. Faulds
This book presents an approach to Islam based on emphasizing commonalities in our conception of God. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Eutychus