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Jesus is my huggie-bear?,
This review is from: Voices Behind the Veil: The World of Islam Through the Eyes of Women (Paperback)
The case stories are really interesting, but none of the Christian women telling the stories in this anthology knows enough about their own faith to make the book really captivating. It is not enough to say things like "Jesus loves me and He wants to love you too!" This does not work in the real world, and is probably also why Moslems in general have a hard time taking the popularized and Westernized version of Christianity seriously. To argue against Islam from an emotionalistic point of view and to do the "Jesus loves you" chant is to portray Christianity in a distorted way. And it is not convincing to portray God as a spiritual huggie-bear. On the contrary, Christianity is reality, it is the Truth - a Person. We need comparative publications done by people who not only care for mission - which is something this book does emphasise - but who also know Christian Theology, and is able to investigate the issues of Islam a little deeper than this book does.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2007 1:52:13 PM PDT
Posted on Dec 29, 2008 7:33:36 PM PST
Nicholas, you make excellent points, but we have to remember that faith is an experiential thing and for many, many women and a lot of men, Jesus or Buddha or whoever you name it will be their "huggy bear". People want a deity that they can hug, not to make sense of, or how would you account for totemism?!
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