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Alone with a Jihadist: A Biblical Response to Holy War. Author: Aaron D. Taylor 2009


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  • Publisher: Foghorn Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934466123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934466124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Kellemen on October 28, 2009
What Would Jesus Do...With Worldly Political Power?

Reviewed By: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., LCPC, Author of Soul Physicians, Spiritual Friends, Beyond the Suffering, Sacred Friendships, and God's Healing for Life's Losses

Recommended: Alone with a Jihadist is sure to be a controversial book on modern political theory (in particular "just war" theory) from a biblical perspective. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Taylor's conclusions, his thought-provoking suppositions will advance the debate.

At the ripe young age of twenty-eight, Aaron Taylor was inviting by film-maker Stephen Marshall to participate in a feature-length documentary about Muslim-Christian perspectives and relationships. As a result, Taylor spent two full days with Khalid, a radical Muslim jihadist. The conversation radically altered Taylor's view of the Bible, political power, and war.

Specifically, Khalid challenged Taylor to articulate how he would implement the Bible from a governmental point of view. As Taylor pondered that question, he realized that much of what he had been taught "as a late Gen-X Christian born and raised in the charismatic movement" didn't fit a biblical theology of church and state.

He "always assumed that society would be better off if more Christians would seize the reigns of political power and restore godly values through righteous legislation. After I met Khalid and discovered the end result of an ideology bent on world domination by holy writ, I began to rethink this assumption. I realized that had Jesus wanted to seize the reigns of political power to establish a just society, He certainly could have."

After much research of Scripture, Taylor concluded that Jesus eschewed, and would have his followers, eschew worldly political power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Horst on October 21, 2009
Aaron Taylor has been a remarkable contributor to the SearchWarp writers' community for a long time. When he told me about his new book and the setting in which it starts out, I knew I needed a copy for myself.

Considering the growing rift between the Islamic World and the mostly-Christian West, it's more important than ever to hear both sides of the story. So when I picked up Alone With A Jihadist, I was interested to see what the book had to say. Taylor, a well-traveled missionary from the Bible Belt, tells his story of meeting a Catholic-born convert to fundamentalist Islam- and the answers that Taylor's missionary experience didn't give him.

Oddly enough, the Jihadist of the title really doesn't get mentioned much past the first few chapters. But a question he asks- how to base a worldly government off the teachings of Jesus- haunts Taylor long after the encounter. This question is the meat of the book, just like it's one of the meatier issues facing America today.

Taylor's whole premise, then, is this: Christianity in America has become all-too-obsessed with the idea that the USA was established by and for Christian principles, and wrongfully interprets Matthew 10:34, which says "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword". Instead, we should concern ourselves first with showing Christ's love and serving one another, even when one another' includes those overseas who at best mistrust us and at worst consider us the enemies of God.

This book isn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with the big issues. Taylor asks what good churches are if their boundaries stop and start along national lines. He asks why Western countries invest so much money into defense budgets instead of giving to the poor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hoffmann on November 11, 2012
I've asked Michael Hill, a Muslim acquaintance of mine, to review Aaron Taylor's Alone with a Jihadist (Foghorn: 2009). Here it is:


Aaron Taylor's book provides a fervent yet interesting commentary on contemporary viewpoints and practices vis-a-vis Christian and Islamic teachings.

The author urges Christians to return to embracing a non-violent interpretation of their faith. The book makes a commendable and determined effort to convince readers that a fresh examination of the teachings of the New Testament and the preaching of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) will prove just how far today's "collective Christian Church" has strayed from the original Christian message.

Given the overwhelming "kill em all and let God sort them out" mentality prevalent among many of today's self-proclaimed Christians, it is not likely that Mr. Taylor's book will be welcomed by or garner significant influence among 21st century Christian congregations. Mr. Taylor gets an "A" for effort, but the increasingly rabid "anti-other"/"pro-war" Christian movement has likely progressed too far and strayed too widely from Taylor's advocated path for his words to have much impact.

The title of the book, inspired by the first chapter account of Mr. Taylor's supposed meeting with the "Jihadist Khalid", is misleading. The initial debate, and the questions that arose from Mr. Taylor's "Khalid-encounter", only serve as a springboard from which the author plunges into extensive Bible tract analyses. The topics of discussion that allegedly took place between the two men remain mostly unaddressed.
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