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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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There are much better introductory treatments of the subject out there.
William Scattergood
Islam teaches that Christianity is about three gods and not one. therefore it is a violation of shirk.
Philip S Roeda
It gave him a good idea of what Islam is about in a way that was easy to understand.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Nathanael C. Milne on March 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this book, R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb (pseudonym), a Muslim convert to Christianity, discuss the major doctrinal differences between Christianity and Islam. They demonstrate that these two religions have fundamentally different views on a number of doctrines, and they present a defense for the Christian view of each. The seven doctrines discussed in the book's first seven chapters are Scripture, the fatherhood of God, the Trinity, sin, salvation, the death of Christ, and the deity of Christ. The final chapter presents the roots of terrorism in the Qur'an and Muslim tradition. For all of these topics, the two authors deal well with the differences between Christianity and Islam. There is one additional area that would have benefited this book greatly, in my opinion. It lacked any significant historical introduction to Islam. While not essential for understanding the material in the book, it would have still helped the average reader, who is most likely unaware of the "who, when, where, how, and why?" of Islam's founding and continuance to the present day.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on January 20, 2005
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I've read a lot of books on Islam, but I'm still trying to figure out some of the details. Other reviewers have noted the contents of this book; the only one I wish to comment upon is the discussion about why Muslims are so rattled about the Chrisitian notion of "The Trinity": God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. I've found this short work to be great in explaining why Muslims find the notion of "The Trinity" to be blasphemous. I won't analyze the reasoning here, but the authors' short chapter on this matter really hightened my understanding. And the discussion of their differences pertaining to "Original Sin" is fine, too. This is a "good" book on a few topics, but alas, so short on small-sized pages. Due to the shortage of words and pages, try to buy it as cheaply as you can. 1-star for its small size, but 3-stars for its helpful analysis. Most likely it will never be included as a reference in any serious book about Islam, but definitely worth reading by those of us who haven't been to Sunday school lately.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book to the average Christian who wants to know more about Islam. Mr. Saleeb's first-hand knowledge of Islam and Christianity provide a reliable source for the facts shared. He brings to light the sharp pragmatic differences between the two religions, while R.C. Sproul does an excellent job showing the philosophical division.
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.
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44 of 57 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on November 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you have an interest in this topic, this is definitely a book to check out. It's a quick read at just over 100 pages but it's packed with information. It's written as a conversation between Saleeb and Sproul with one asking the other how Muslims and Christians respond to questions about their faith.
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.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philip S Roeda on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
God, man and the sin of man would be better title to this book. The thesis of this book is not Islam being evil or even violent. It is a comparative theology book. The first seven chapters present a brief comparison between traditional Orthodox Christianity and How Islam has faith in God and man's relationship with God. More Liberal Christian theology is often presented because Islam on occasion present it as an argument for the flaws in the Christian Faith.

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.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Fla. He is also co-pastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel in Sanford, Fla., chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. He can be heard on the radio program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and around the world, and on RefNet 24-hour Christian internet radio. Dr. Sproul has contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, has spoken at conferences, churches, and schools around the world, and has written more than ninety books, including The Holiness of God, Faith Alone, and Everyone's a Theologian. He also serves as general editor of The Reformation Study Bible.

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