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The Dark Side of Islam Hardcover – June 9, 2003
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About the Author
R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.
ABDUL SALEEB (pseudonym) was born and raised in a Muslim country in the Middle East. While a student in Europe, Saleeb wrestled for months with the claims of Christ and eventually converted to Christianity. He is the coauthor of Answering Islam and is a Christian missionary to Muslims in the United States.
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After reading this book it should be clear that Islam is vastly different from Christianity. This is an important point considering that many today would like to say that Islam and Christianity are so similar. One last point is that the book only spends one little chapter at the end discussing the violent side of Islam. And even here Mr. Saleeb clearly states that most Muslims are friendly people. His point is: the violent minority are justified in their actions (according to the Quran).
The comment about the author dismissing "thousands of years of Christian ignorance" is erroneous. First of all, it was not his "main argument." Second of all, for nearly a thousand years, many Christians (including priests) did not have a good knowledge of the Bible (and even if they did, they were working with the Latin Vulgate, and not the original text). Furthermore, the crusades and inquisition were both political moves primarily. No student of Jesus Christ could consent to such violent actions. These charges require only but a little study of the Bible and Church history.
One of the most interesting sections in the book is the chapter on "the dark side of Islam". Some make the analogy that Osama Bin Laden is to Islam what Timothy McVeigh was to Christianity. This is absolutely false. Bin Laden can quote Qur'anic verses and traditions from Muhammad that justify his actions. McVeigh could not quote from the Bible or refer to Jesus to justify his actions. Supporters of Islam claim that Muslim terrorists are misinformed and misguided fanatics who are misinterpreting Islamic texts. However, these terrorists can quote many texts from the Qur'an to support the legitimacy of their actions.
The authors also point out that some Muslims are fond of saying that the jihad, or holy war, in Islam is only a defensive action. Only in cases of self-defense or fighting oppression are Muslims allowed to fight. However, self-defense and oppression have much broader meanings to Muslims. Muslims argue that America is attacking them by exporting its secular cultural values, by exporting Hollywood movies and destroying the cultural norms on their countries.
This book is by no means a complete study on Islam but it is good place to start if one is interested in identifying the significant differences between Islam and Christianity.
Islam teaches the Bible once was reliable but now it is not, because has altered the content. Islam often uses arguments made by Liberal theologians and higher critics to dismiss the accuracy of the bible. Orthodox traditional Christianity believes the Bible is an accurate historic record and God's inspired word. Islam further teaches that the Quaran sets the record straight where the bible now diverts from Allah's will and an accurate historic record.
"The Quran use such terms as ignorant, weak willed, arrogant, easily led astray, and ungrateful to describe human nature." But what Islam does not teach is that man has a sinful nature. Tradition Orthodox Christianity teaches that man rebels against God's holiness, therefore each individual deserves condemnation for their sin and damnation into hell. Thus the need for a Savior to take one's punishment. Plus the need for repentance. No need for a Savior in Islam. Many Liberal theologians teach salvation comes through several different ways. Such teaching downplays how much God hates sin.
Islam believes an individuals good works may outweigh man's bad works. Salvation is matter of the individual having the strength and courage to over come the evil a person does in one's life. Obtaining Allah's favor comes through behaviour perseverance.Read more ›
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Good contrast on the different beliefs between Christianity and Islam. Talks very little as to what is happening with Islam today and the fulfillment of prophecy.Published 3 months ago by GTH
Obviously Islam is a big issue in today’s society. We see reports every day of ISIS running around cutting off heads and slaughtering hundreds of innocent civilians in the most... Read morePublished 10 months ago by David C. Taylor Jr.
A little hard for me to understand at times , but it still helped me to understand what lslam is about.Published on July 30, 2013 by Jo A. Walker
Just finished this brief book. It is okay as far as it goes and will be very beneficial to someone coming to a comparison of Islam with Christianity for the first time. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book presents a response to the argument that Islam is an innocent victim of highjacking by extremist radicals. Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by Koparcener
Few , if any, contemporaries surpass R.C. in his field of religious endeavor.
This work is pretty lightweight compared to all else he has written. Read more
This book was read by me and my 14 year old son as he was studying the Islam religion in his History class at school. Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Heavy Reader