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Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? Paperback – August 13, 2002
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This book also made me interested to read the Quran.
It's a book that will make you think. It's also very easily readable. I read it as part of a book club, and I think we all liked the book. On a side note, I had a few people notice the book I was reading/carrying and inquire about it, so it's definitely a topic of interest to many folks right now. I think it's a good launching point for learning something about Islam.
This thinish 159 page volume provides useful information for the Christian about Islam. As the back cover blurb states "The days when Western Christians could ignore the influence of Islam are over."
Not only does Dr George help make Islam more understandable, but he also explains the importance of various differences between Christianity and Islam. Perhaps most importantly, the doctrine of the Trinity is explained, defended and celebrated. Dr George says (p55) "Ironically, the doctrine of the Trinity may be at one and the same time the most important and the most neglected dotrine we hold."
The deity of Christ is another important point for any Christian wishing to examine Islam at close range. Page 62: To call Jesus Lord, not just with the lips but from the heart, is to become a Christian..."
It is at the beginning of the chapter "Why the Trinity matters" (p69) that Dr George answers the question of whether the Father of Jesus is the God of Muhammad "The answer to this question is surely both yes and no. Yes, in the sense that the Father of Jesus is the only God there is...also no for Muslim theology rejects the fatherhood of God, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the personhood of the Holy Spirit-each of which is an essential component of the Christian understanding of God."
I found the testimony of Lamin Sanneh (p102-103) quite moving. It is very reassuring to hear of converts from Islam to Christianity based on sound reasoning. This is especially the case when the convert concerned was a "leading theologian and scholar of Islam".Read more ›
George also brings to light the incredible importance of acknowledging the Trinity as truth. This is a major hangup to the Muslim, but it is a must to the Christian. For all Muslims who use this as a reason to ignore the claims of Christianity, you should read George's answer. Christians do not believe in three Gods! They believe in One God. For all Christians, beware of the temptation to compromise on this issue and lessen the importance of the Trinity. There is no true Christian faith without all parts of the Godhead.
I guess you could say I liked this book and encourage you to read it as well. It will help your understanding on some vitally important issues between Christianity and Islam.
The writer (Timothy George) discusses the things Islam has in common with Christianity (belief that God sent Jesus to preach to the people, that he was born of the virgin Mary, that he called the people to come back to God, and that God had given his message to His servants the prophets.
But George also discusses the differences (Islam doesn't teach that Christ died for our sins and rose again, nor do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, ie, no Trinity).
George then discusses why the Trinity matters and why we should present the message of the cross to Muslims. This book is a winner!
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I love it ! He lays out the topics and clarifies each position clearly without injecting his opinions. Read for a class but ended up reading it for myself.Published 8 months ago by CHERIE
needed it for class, but it was still a nice book! I read it again over the summer too!! Super great!Published 15 months ago by Carly Baric
A must read for all who call themselves Christian, or Christ Followers.Published 17 months ago by J.D. Davis
This book is an excellent resource for those who desire a greater understanding of Islamic theology and the distinctive claims of the Christian faith. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Frederick Thompson
George's book is helpful in understanding the differences between Islam in Christianity, especially in the differences relating to God, Jesus, and salvation. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Charles R. Higham
A very interesting book, this author relates to the common day Christian very well. Be aware that this is directed primarily at Christian's seeking a bridge between the two... Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Jordan Heer
I'm not a theologian and I may not be the most informed person to rate this book but surely it could be more reader friendly. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by mary scott