Recent disputes like the "ground zero" mosque controversy have their roots in historical conflicts, according to Yale professor and author Volf (Exclusion and Embrace). The author, who grew up in what was then Yugoslavia, explains that Christians' ability to live in community with Muslims depends on their answer to one question: is the God of the Qur'an the same as the God of the Bible? With a conversational tone and the backing of both sacred texts, the author argues that while beliefs about God may differ, the object of worship for both religions is the same (or at least the objects are "sufficiently similar"). Such "claims are spicy," but come after careful consideration. Volf provides a thorough examination of theology to show the complexity of what seems a simple question of terminology. Perhaps the most stirring and involved debate concerns the comparison of the Christian Trinity to Allah. On such a heated topic, readers will appreciate Volf's sense of humor and optimism. Though the text may not convince those who fear religious pluralism, his timely call for Christian love toward Muslims should at least lead to further dialogue, if not increased social cooperation. This is an important book. (Mar.)
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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?
Yale University religion scholar Miroslav Volf—widely known for the much-publicized course on faith and globalization he coteaches with Tony Blair—places this question at the root of the twenty-first century’s most sensitive, and critical, geopolitical concerns. Volf reveals how the prevalent belief that these traditions worship different gods is directly linked to increased hostility and violence around the globe. Theological wars fuel real wars.See all Editorial Reviews
This book provides an important contribution in waging peace as we put our allegiance in God rather than in our own agendas.Published 21 days ago by Nick
The author seems feel more need to justify himself and his views than to detail them. The same arguments, which may be valid, are repeated over and over with the same references. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
Volf speaks from both experience and scholarship about the relationship between Christians and Muslims. In this book he speaks to christians. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Regele
The similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity are explained in a way that is clear, yet not overly-simplified. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have not read this book yet, but I did scan the preface and am sure I will enjoy it.Published 20 months ago by Bartholomer Arrington