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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938983289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938983283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Spencer is a careful observer of Islam and a courageous voice on behalf of Christians. In Not Peace But a Sword he shows us how to take Islam seriously without falling into alarmism, hatred, or bigotry, and provides a needed corrective to media disinformation. --Scott Hahn --Fr. Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology --Franciscan University of Steubenville

A great many Catholics know only a Disney-fied version of Islam, and still cling to the dangerous illusion that Muslims and Christians share much in common. But as Robert Spencer ably demonstrates, beneath the surface similarities lies a deep and possibly unbridgeable gulf. This is must reading not only for Catholics but for all Christians. --William Kilpatrick -- author of Christianity, Islam, and Atheism: The Struggle for the Soul of the West

Robert Spencer carefully examines the challenge posed to Christianity by an increasingly militant Islam. His case is calm, lucid, accurate, and uncompromising in its presentation of the facts of history. He provides an honest and unflinching account of the roots of Christian/Muslim tensions, a robust defense of Jesus Christ and Christianity in response to Muslim claims, and a sobering wake-up call to all Christians. --Patrick Madrid ---author of Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist and host of the Right Here, Right Now radio show

About the Author

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch , a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of twelve books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth about Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Spencer, a Melkite Greek Catholic, has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.

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ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of thirteen books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (both Regnery). Recent books he has written include Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins (ISI) and Not Peace But A Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam (Catholic Answers). His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In (Regnery).

Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.

Spencer is the Vice President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). He is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and in addition to his books, has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His other books are Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith (Encounter); Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (Regnery); Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't (Regnery); Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs (Regnery); and The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Regnery). He is coauthor, with Daniel Ali, of Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics (Ascension), and editor of the essay collection The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Prometheus). He is coauthor, with Pamela Geller, of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War On America (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster). Spencer's books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Korean, and Bahasa Indonesia.

Along with his current weekly columns, for nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has completed a weekly Qur'an commentary at Jihad Watch, Blogging the Qur'an, which has been translated into Czech, Danish, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. He has served as a contributing writer to Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, TownHall.com, Real Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK's Guardian, Canada's National Post, Middle East Quarterly, WorldNet Daily, First Things, Insight in the News, National Review Online, and many other journals.

Spencer has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry. He has also appeared on the BBC, ABC News, CNN, FoxNews's O'Reilly Factor, the Sean Hannity Show, the Glenn Beck Show, Fox and Friends, and many other Fox programs, PBS, MSNBC, CNBC, C-Span, France24, Voice of Russia and Croatia National Televison (HTV), as well as on numerous radio programs including Bill O'Reilly's Radio Factor, The Mark Levin Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, Bill Bennett's Morning in America, Michael Savage's Savage Nation, The Sean Hannity Show, The Alan Colmes Show, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Neal Boortz Show, The Michael Medved Show, The Michael Reagan Show, The Rusty Humphries Show, The Larry Elder Show, The Barbara Simpson Show, Vatican Radio, and many others.

He has been a featured speaker at the University of California-Irvine, Temple University, Dartmouth College, Penn State University, the University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, State University of New York-Binghamton, State University of New York-Stony Brook, DePaul University, the College of William and Mary, Washington University of St. Louis, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Boise State University, and many other colleges and universities.

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86 of 93 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Not Peace But a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam" by Robert Spencer (March 2013), 251 pages. I'm holding a hardback copy with ISBN 978-1-938983-28-3 (perhaps a future paperback ISBN 978-1-938983-27-6), [Kindle e-book ISBN 978-1-938983-21-4]. Even for those of us who have read many of the author's other books, this new book is not a re-edited, cut-and-paste work of his past articles, but, instead, it explores many new themes.
We frequently hear: "Aren't all religions the same?" and "hasn't just a few radicals erringly misinterpreted nebulous sections of their holy book to justify their militant extremism against others?" The author, Mr. Spencer, contends: "one of the oddities of contemporary `interfaith dialogue' is that all too often, out of overzealous irenicim, it glosses over, or ignores altogether, the disagreements between religious traditions, as if pretending that they didn't exist would make them go away" (p. 12). This becomes the `preoccupation' of this book: noting the wide chasm of tenant differences between Christianity and Islam: in revelation, salvation, morality, Jesus [Isa] and God [Allah].
The book's "Contents" include:
(Chapter 1) "Time for an `Ecumenical Jihad'?": Mr. Spencer counters the 1996 book "Ecumenical Jihad", in which its author Peter Kreeft heralded: "The age of religious wars is ending". Mr. Spencer notes that today's on-going lethal Islamic jihad attacks against Christians from Nigeria eastward to Pakistan. Mr. Spencer claims "this religious bigotry, hatred, and violence are legitimized by holy writ: The Qur'an and other Islamic texts and teachings" (p. 19) - he proceeds to cite chapter [sura] and verse [aya].
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on April 7, 2013
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As the title suggests this is not a soft look at Islam, but it is also not a diatribe against Muslims and a recitation of acts of evil committed by individuals or groups of Muslims. There is a very common idea that Muslims, Jews, and Christians being "People of the book" have many foundational ideas in common. There is certainly some truth to this, but when it comes to Islam there is much thought to be in common that actually isn't. Robert Spencer also does not set out to say that we can't have common cause with Muslims in some areas, but that we should be aware how far that common cause actually goes. For example he talks about how for example working with Muslim countries in the United Nations in regard to abortion has certainly been helpful to keep or delay more odious abortion rights language. Yet at the same time this alliance was not all that we would want.

The Muslim representatives agreed to the language ruling out the use of abortion as a means of family planning but opposed Vatican efforts to call for an end to it in all circumstances. For Islamic law, unlike Church teaching and contrary to widespread belief, does not forbid abortion in every case.

This and many other examples he gives us shows that many terms and ideas we might think we have in common often have many caveats attached to them. This becomes even more apparent when we look at basic philosophical and theological ideas that ground Christian influenced Western thought that is just missing in Islam.

Robert Spencer does a lot of quoting from the Qur'an and some would object that you can find calls to violence in the Bible also.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Rasch on April 20, 2013
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It is reassuring to know that Robert Spencer cogently set down on paper some-almost all-conclusions I have come to about islam and moslemites. His is not a diatribe but a cool reasoned and respectful examination of the core of moslem beliefs, those which have never changed. Engaging in dialogue with a moslem is reduced to an argument off topic about the meaning of words moslems care not about. His point that you cannot discuss an issue with someone who does not understand your words the way you do does not mean there can be no relations with each other, just no common ground.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
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"Not Peace But a Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam" by Robert Spencer (March 2013), 251 pages. I'm holding a hardback copy with ISBN 978-1-938983-28-3 (perhaps a future paperback ISBN 978-1-938983-27-6), [Kindle e-book ISBN 978-1-938983-21-4]. Even for those of us who have read many of the author's other books, this new book is not a re-edited, cut-and-paste work of his past articles, but, instead, it explores many new themes.
We frequently hear: "Aren't all religions the same?" and "hasn't just a few radicals erringly misinterpreted nebulous sections of their holy book to justify their militant extremism against others?" The author, Mr. Spencer, contends: "one of the oddities of contemporary `interfaith dialogue' is that all too often, out of overzealous irenicim, it glosses over, or ignores altogether, the disagreements between religious traditions, as if pretending that they didn't exist would make them go away" (p. 12). This becomes the `preoccupation' of this book: noting the wide chasm of tenant differences between Christianity and Islam: in revelation, salvation, morality, Jesus [Isa] and God [Allah].
The book's "Contents" include:
(Chapter 1) "Time for an `Ecumenical Jihad'?": Mr. Spencer counters the 1996 book "Ecumenical Jihad", in which its author Peter Kreeft heralded: "The age of religious wars is ending". Mr. Spencer notes that today's on-going lethal Islamic jihad attacks against Christians from Nigeria eastward to Pakistan. Mr. Spencer claims "this religious bigotry, hatred, and violence are legitimized by holy writ: The Qur'an and other Islamic texts and teachings" (p. 19) - he proceeds to cite chapter [sura] and verse [aya].
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