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Aaron D. Taylor was raised in a Midwestern charismatic church with the belief that Christians had a duty to take up arms in defense of their government and the ideals of freedom. He supported the actions of the U.S. government in Iraq and asserted that only one political party was the appropriate home for true believers of God. After a meeting in London with Khalid, a militant jihadist, Taylor came away with a deep questioning of the ideals that, up to that moment, formed a cornerstone for his theology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453845186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453845189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,798,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kimberly Urig on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
At the risk of being a spoiler, the last paragraph in Aaron D. Taylor's book, Alone with a Jihadist, left me with such optimism, I must reveal it now.

"... why wait till the age come? The world is crying out for peace today. Let there be peace on earth - and for the love of God - let it begin with the Church!"

Last month, shortly after Cara and I founded Lifted on Eagle's Wings, I was reading one of my daily newsletters and found a Sojourner's column written by Aaron D. Taylor. I was so impressed with what he had to say, I sent him a short note of praise.

We communicated in short emails and I ordered his book. I must be clear from a personal place. I never thought for a moment this young Pentecostal evangelist, from the most conservative place theology could imagine, would resonate with me for an entire book. I ordered the book more so I could understand that "other side" of Christianity. It was a way for me to sit back with my maturity and my Christian confidence with my answers about God and be ready to refute every point this person made.

Taylor shocked me to the point that I am recommending his book to atheists. Yes. The wisdom, honesty and Biblical truth that he illuminates in his book astound me.

Taylor has traveled the world as a missionary. He answered a call to be part of a documentary called Holy Wars and spend a day with a radical Muslim jihad. His book touches upon his experience but expands upon the idea why Christians should never go to war. Never. Never kill, never fight with violence. Even after sitting down with a powerful extremist who considers it his mission to destroy our nation, our religion, and us, he still feels we should never go to war, to never fight violence with violence.
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ALONE WITH A JIHADIST: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO HOLY WAR by Aaron D. Taylor
Publisher: Foghorn Publishers
Date published: October 13, 2009
ISBN: 978-1934466131
Nonfiction
E-Book
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher.
Rating: 5

For seven hours, Aaron Taylor found himself face-to-face with a radical Muslim. Khalid is actually an Irish convert who grew up Catholic. In this interview with Khalid, Taylor learned how Muslims view the United States of America and Christianity. Khalid gave no apologies when sharing that every single Christian that ever lived is going to hell, in his opinion. He believes that Christianity and western civilization are evil and that freedom and democracy are just manifestations of man-made law.

Other things Taylor learned during this encounter was enough to challenge any Christian on their beliefs. From this stepping stone, Taylor launches into revelations of the way Christians support wars and unnecessary bloodshed instead of the peace that Jesus Christ inspires us to practice.

As Taylor considers Khalid's arguments for Islam, he reveals that Jesus did not leave this world with a comprehensive social system, economic, or political system, or any other kind of religious system to regulate society. Khalid said that at least Muhammed attempted to solve the world's problems. And as Taylor later pours over Scripture, seeking the Truth, he comes to realize that, indeed, the Holy Bible cannot be implemented from a government perspective.

If there is one book believers in Christ should aspire to read, I believe it is ALONE WITH A JIHADIST: A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO HOLY WAR.
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"Narratives, symbols, and rituals may appear to be communications of timeless truths, but they remain products of history, transforming--in form or in interpretation--with social, political, and cultural changes. If myth does not respond to reality it will stifle growth and immobilize culture, forcing its rejection by a community determined to move on." Devdutt Pattanaik, Indian Mythology

As a young child Aaron Taylor attend a "charismatic mega-church" where he learned "a zeal for the things of God". Hence he became a missionary who served Christian churches in Muslim countries. Citizens of these countries were always kind and polite even if they did not share his faith. So he was happy to accept an invitation from Stephen Marshall, directing a documentary film called Holy Wars, to debate an "outspoken jihadist". Aaron felt the call of God to participate, to march into that room for the cause of God.

One would think that the book would be excerpts and narratives, feelings and misunderstandings between these two opposing ideologies. Not so. The book centers on one question from his opposition: "How would I implement the Bible from a governmental point of view?" and Aaron took this question very seriously. And this journey, this coming-of-age story is what this book covers.

As expected Aaron applied all the programmed answers concerning capitalism, freedom and democracy that the American culture holds so dear but then began to understand the christian language politicians and clergy use to sway voters to the political side with which he was most familiar.
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