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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310247489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310247487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Divinity-school dean George clarifies the two religions' conceptualizations of God. For Islam, God is nonhuman and transcendent, whereas Christianity conceives of God relationally, which is why the doctrine of the Trinity, encompassing physical and spiritual relationship, is fundamental to Christianity. For Islam, obedience to God is needed to obtain love, forgiveness, and mercy, and sin is a matter of personal ignorance or forgetfulness of the duties of obedience. Christianity regards sin as personally intrinsic and inalienable, and it is the grace of God's relationship that guarantees love and promises mercy and forgiveness. The Christian response to even terroristic Islam is to preach and pray that all souls may be brought to Christ. Ray Olson
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From the Back Cover

The days when western Christians could ignore the influence of Islam are over.

Today as never before, the world’s second largest religion is shaping our culture, and words such as jihad, imam, Quran, and fatwa have entered our vocabulary. While all Muslims are no more alike than all Christians are alike, there are certain fundamental beliefs that all Muslims hold in common—some of which Christians would agree with, including belief in one true God. But is it the same God? How does the God of Muhammad differ from the God of Christianity?

Written in a clear, passionate style that is conciliatory, balanced, and uncompromisingly biblical, this book describes and contrasts the distinctives of Christianity and Islam. Its author, a noted historian and theologian who has studied Islam for many years, writes with an eye on helping Christians better understand how to interact with Muslims. Beginning with an overview of Islam—what it is and how it arose—here are fascinating and relevant insights on · the Five Pillars of Islam · the role of religious violence from the Crusades onward · the doctrine of the Trinity and the character of God · Christian and Muslim views of Jesus Christ and salvation · what Christians can learn from Muslims · how Christians can share Christ with their Muslim neighbors . . . and more


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Timothy George (PhD, Harvard University) is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. An executive editor of Christianity Today, Dr. George has written more than twenty books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.

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This book is very informative and it is easy to read.
Daniel M. Hixon
For those wanting to understand the differences between Islam and Christianity, this is an excellent resource.
Cherie Greenberg
I've heard the Trinity talked about my whole life, but this book made me really think about what that means.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By readermom on July 22, 2005
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I thought this was a great book. One of the most interesting aspects of it was how much it teaches about Christianity. I've heard the Trinity talked about my whole life, but this book made me really think about what that means. I like the image of God's love spilling over into different persons, that God is a god of relationship and love as first demonstrated by the Trinity.

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.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James Lane on June 14, 2005
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Timothy George is founding dean and professor at Beeson Divinity School. He has also been a pastor and editor of numerous Christian magazines. Currently he is executive editor of Christianity Today.

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".
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Pace on December 11, 2004
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I found this book to be a very good explanation of many questions that are raised in our world today about differences between Islam and Christianity. Timothy George gives a strong answer for the question given in the title, "Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?" His answer is "yes" and "no." I will leave it to you to read and find out what he means, but I must admit that I agree with his answer completely.

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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Hixon on October 21, 2004
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This book is a very good comparison of the worlds largest 2 religions in an age of religious violence (especially in the Middle East where Islam dominates). This discussion of Islam sites the Koran quite a bit, which is very helpful and appropriate. The author presents several perspectives on a few key points to give a more balanced presentation. The author also explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is a 'must' for Christians and why Islam can not accept it. This book is very informative and it is easy to read. The author is a master at what he does!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2006
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I was privileged to hear the author speak at a recent AMIA (Anglican Mission in America) conference. Bought the book to refresh my memory of his talk. His knowledge of the Muslim faith and culture were "eye opening". Learned lots!!! Things all Christians should know to built relationship in order to advance the Kingdom of the one true God! Highly recommend it... this book will take your head out of the sand and into knowledge; tools that Christians need...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on May 21, 2010
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This book came out in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, and the author wants to correct some misconceptions about Islam. He says "Yes, the Father of Jesus is the God of Muhammad because the Father of Jesus is God over everyone!" But he also says "No, the loving Father of Jesus bears little resemblance to the deity that Muhammad recognizes. Interesting .....

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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