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What are the fundamental beliefs of Islam and how can Christians respond to them?

Answering Islam evaluates the claims of orthodox Islam and examines the evidence for the Christian counterclaim, preparing you with strong apologetic answers. This revised edition contains more resources and updated information throughout.

"This book is a must for everyone concerned about defending the Christian faith. Dr. Geisler and his coauthor, a former Muslim, have given one of the most comprehensive expositions and most complete evaluations of Islam in print."
Josh McDowell, author, Evidence That Demands a Verdict

"Answering Islam is a valuable tool for those wrestling with the theological barriers that separate one billion Muslims from personal faith in Jesus Christ."
Patrick Cate, president, International Missions, Inc.

"The Muslim presence in the United States continues to grow. It is important that we have a clearly written and fairly presented statement of what Muslims believe and how we as Christians may present the claims of Christ to them in a persuasive and loving way."
Ronald Nash, Reformed Theological Seminary

"This book is a theological masterpiece, the most lucid and comprehensive theological analysis and critique of Islam from a Christian perspective I have ever seen. It is invaluable as a tool for understanding the most serious religious challenge to Christianity in the modern world."
R. C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D., is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and the author of more than fifty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.
Abdul Saleeb is a former Muslim who has intensively studied the differences between Christianity and Islam.

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 2 edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.

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We are losing if we have not lost already.
This is a meaty book which is a good read and then a great reference for anyone who is interested in Christian/Muslim apologetics.
This very neutral and fair book provides an objective assessment on Islam to balance the scales on the subject.

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147 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on February 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Norman Geisler is one of America's leading Christian apologists. He is also one of the most prolific, with well over sixty titles to his name. In this volume he teams up with a former Muslin to present one of the most detailed, scholarly and up-to-date-assessments of Islam yet offered by the Christianity community.
Answering Islam is a thorough examination of the major teachings and beliefs of Islam. The book is comprised of three main sections. The first deals with the various core teachings of Islam: the Koran, the place of Muhammed, the Muslim's view of man and salvation, and the doctrine of God (Allah).
A number of issues are dealt with in these opening chapters, including the place of prophets in Islam, the Muslim concept of creation, the place of Christ in Islamic thinking, and the nature of eschatology in Islam. Were the book to finish here, the reader would have been treated to a wealth of information and insight into Muslim beliefs.
But the second section takes us much further, offering an in-depth Christian assessment of some of these doctrines. Three subjects are given extensive treatment: the nature of Islamic monotheism, the person of Muhammed, and the claims of the Koran.
Concerning strict Muslim monotheism, a number of issues are covered. The unity of Allah is closely examined, as is the notion of divine sovereignty. The authors show that Allah lacks the personal, loving nature which the God of Judeo-Christian beliefs presents. Instead Allah is seen as harsh, authoritarian and utterly transcendent. Muslims know nothing of the personal intimacy which Christians have with their Lord. Yes, the God of the Bible is transcendent, but he is also immanent as well, making him one to both fear and love simultaneously.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2000
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Answering Islam is a decent,scholarly and level-headed rejoinder to the typical,twisted claims and bald accusations frequently put forward by Islam on Christianity. That this book is wonderfully level-headed,practically free of polemical anti-islamic wild accusations stands in stark contrast with comparable material circulating around the popular muslim press in a large part of the muslim world eg.Deedat(but already fully refuted by Gilchrist). Instead, two men have put their heads together, one a reputable scholar and the other, someone who has left Islam for the light of Christianity, to reply to some of the false claims and charges brought by muslims. The previous charge of mis-interpretations cuts both ways. Islam has very, very frequently misunderstood and misinterpreted the Gospel and Jesus Christ's teachings extremely arrogantly, blindly and foolishly. Now, That is the height of ignorance. Thats what Geisler and Abdul Saleeb have addressed in both an open and objective way with "Answering Islam", in the most gentlemenly of ways and yet keeping the straight talk un-muddied with malicious slurs and emotional polemics-something which I have difficulty saying about similar muslim writings. Get this book and study it, regardless of what the detractors want to say-it is worth your last cent, then also browse through Dr.William Campbell's "The Quran and the Bible in the light of History and Science"
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78 of 90 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on February 11, 2002
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If you as a Christian are looking for a good book to help you discuss differences of belief with a Muslim friend, then look no more! This volume is an excellent summary by a noted Christian apologist. It is a great start on understanding Islamic beliefs from a Christian perspective.
It must be understood from the outset that this book has a definite Christian bias. It is not likely to be warmly accepted by Muslims, nor is that kind of reception its intent. This volume is a Christian apologetic work, summarizing Islam, identifying weaknesses in its major beliefs, then elaborating on the ways in which Christianity is superior to it.
Geisler and Saleeb (a former Muslim) begin by describing the Islamic positions on monotheism, creation, prophets, Muhammad, the Quran, and the end of time. They then move to responding from a Christian viewpoint to these positions. The subjects of monotheism, Muhammad, and the Quran are given particular attention.
Geisler and Saleeb conclude the main body of their work with a defense of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, the trinity, and the substitutionary death of Christ. Four helpful appendices are included. They describe Muslim sects, religious practices, the Gospel of Barnabas, and Islamic objections to the authority of the New Testament.
For a Christian wanting to share his faith relationally with a Muslim friend, this volume is the one to buy!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on December 14, 2003
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This book is a good read. I have read Geisler's book about Apologetics and that book requires much more concentration for comprehension.

Geisler presents the differences in the Bible believing Christians and Koran believing Islam's. The book tells of those beliefs generally held by Sunni and Shiite. Shiite believe the leadership flows from Muhammad to Mohammed's grandson et. . The difference between fundamental Islam doctrines are not covered, because doctrinal differences with Christianity are the same. The first two hundred pages is a presentation the two faiths differences ( Christian and Islam ). The rest of the book is the argument about the truth of Christianity.

This book is not about the superiority of Western culture over Middle East Culture. I am pretty sure the author sees none. It is about the source of the two faiths. How the two faiths view God and each others theology. Can a man living on this earth have a relationship with God? Can God be three persons and yet be one God.? Christianity argues yes. Mohammed said no. How is Jehovah different from Allah? Geisler argues the God of the Old Testament is a much more caring God than the one described in the Koran. The Koran teaches that Allah was the God of Adam, Moses , and Abraham. But it also argues that the Old Testament has been corrupted through time. Islam clerics argue that the Koran has not. The point being the Koran argues for a different "God" and a different truth about Old Testament figures.

Geisler cautions very few passages in the Koran deal with Jesus, but these passages argue that Jesus was a prophet second to Mohammed. That Allah would never allow one of his devoted followers to die such a shameful death. That Allah only made it appear that Jesus died on the cross.
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