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Relying on the media and politicians to tell us what Muslims believe isn't going to cut it. Christians need to be better informed, whether the goal is to understand global politics or to talk to a Muslim neighbor across the street.
Through fair and accurate use of the Qur'an and other documents, scholar and accomplished debater Dr. James White examines what Muslim sacred texts teach about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the afterlife, and other crucial topics. This book provides the answers you've been looking for to engage in open, honest discussions about Islam with Muslims and others.
"An excellent introduction for Christians who want to be more informed about Islam than what they can learn from news reports and the Internet. Dealing not only with historical facts but also deep theological and prophetic questions, the book is valuable for all Christians who want to communicate intelligently with their Muslim friends and neighbors." --The Baptist Standard --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Claton Butcher has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has over fifteen years of experience as a worship leader and music pastor at local churches in Washington, Arizona, and South Dakota. He and his biggest fans―his wife and young daughter―live in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota where he operates the Christian audiobook publishing company Two Words Publishing. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publication Date : May 1, 2013
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- Print Length : 280 pages
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
- ASIN : B00AHY0UCW
- Language: : English
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One of the very interesting points that this book raised in the Islamic development of understanding the difference between Tahreef Al Maana (changing the meaning) and Tahreef Al-Nass (Changing the text). Many of the Christians in America, and many Islamic scholars as well, don't understand the importance of this point in the Christian-Muslim dialogue, and many books overlooked it. Dr. White, on the opposite, was able to simplify this concept, and help Christians to utilizes it to communicate the Gospel of Christ to Muslims.
As an Arab Christian who is specialized in Islam, I can say that I recommend this book for both Christians and Muslims alike. For Muslims, because it shines the light on some concepts and doctrines that Muslims often tend to overlook. And for Christians because it equips them to understand Islam and the Qur'an in a deeper level than many other books presents.
Dr. White, once again, gave us a book that is worth reading.
with the truth. Many will not be able to accept his conclusions but he based them on factual and historical evidence which is what I was hoping for. The book was written in a spirit of love and concern for the Jewish, Christian, and the Muslim. At the end of the day the argument of who is right and who is wrong is irrelevant. We must be willing regardless of where we stand in the debate to follow the truth where it leads.
Of importance: 1) I think his conception of radical Islam is right in point and accurately draws attention to the inconsistencies of the faith. 2) I think he takes a fair approach in never “attacking” the Islamic faith, but purely presents the faiths problems as logically inconsistent. 3) I appreciate White not going for the “Islam is a terrible religion and everyone who believes it is wrong,” it’s been done several times and by men with a greater hold on the pen (Christopher Hutchins, who I disagree with on all accounts, had a pristine argument against the religion). White takes a more level headed approach. 4) his argument overall is flat and one dimensional, in my opinion. He focuses completely on how it doesn’t match up the Christian revelation and especially in terms of the doctrine of the trinity. 5) HOWEVER, that’s the point of the book, it’s in the title. So... four stars.
Of lesser importance: the format of the book is extremely bland. I know this doesn’t matter in the long run but having drab stylistic appeal and boring type face never helps.
One other general criticism: I wish the author had devoted some time to the "big picture" that the Quran is supposed to be presenting. I mean, if you ask what the "big picture" of the Bible is, one example would be that it's a narrative of God's efforts to reach out to mankind (the calling of Abraham, of Moses, the giving of the Law, the prophets, the Incarnation...). Can anything analogous be said about the Quran? The author here is more interested into getting into the weeds.
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What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an is the result years of study and debate - White knows what he is talking about and has presented these issues to the best Islamic apologists in the world.
It's not a light read - it's heavy going in places, and I thought there were times White's style wasn't particularly clear - sometimes I just didn't get what he was saying. But it repays careful reading, and gives great information that will be useful in interactions with Muslims.
Despite the title, White is writing not just for Christians but for Muslims too, so there are no polemics here - just the facts.
He addresses the Qur'an's teaching about the trinity, Christ, the cross, salvation, prophecies of Muhammad, the "corruption" of scripture and the "integrity" of the text of the Qur'an.
He does a great job showing the writer of the Qur'an didn't understand Christianity or have familiarity with scripture. I also enjoyed learning about how the Qur'an affirms the Jewish and Christian scriptures as having been sent down from Allah, and that Allah's word can't be changed (Surah 18:27), yet Muslims claim the Bible has been corrupted.
White points out that time and again the Qur'an encourages people to judge it based on the scriptures of Jews and Christians - a meaningless exhortation if the Bible had been corrupted. There is no doubt what scriptures Jews and Christians had at the time of Muhammad. If Muslims heed the injunction to judge the Qur'an against the Bible they will be led to see the Qur'an cannot be what it claims to be.
The historical veracity and righteous necessity of the death of Christ were well presented. May this book, written with conviction and compassion, equip Christians to evangelise, with the result that many Muslims may embrace the Christ of the cross as their only hope.
While I've read similar before James White has a good style of writing. He lays the out the Qurans argument then questions it critically and often ends with a question. such as if the writer of the Quran a work of God how come it misrepresents what the Bible teaches? Its obvious the writer of the Quran didn't know what the Bible teaches such as the Trinity. . And if your going to challange someone's teachings you better know exactly what they really believe. So it argues that the Trinity is Allah Mary and Jesus. So the writer misrepresents Christian teaching. Given that by the time of their prophet the teaching on the Trinity was very clear.
But White points out that this is where the Quran fails it gets it wrong.
So Im enjoy reading it and I liked that he laid out the order of chapters in which the Quran was revealed. as many know the chapters don't follow on from each other. On a personal note I've studied the Quran for about 2 years and can truly say it's a horrible book and a far cry from being a clear book to enlighten mankind. It's a medieval book for a medieval people
This book makes its position quite clear from the title yet the author provides good references (making it easier for me to check against original text (albeit translated). He tries to be fair and his tone is respectful even when some of the topics are jarring to our current sensibilities.
He uses text from Guillaume and others so that the reader can see (and try to understand) what he is referring to, and, as mentioned, he provides further reading (including Islamic reference material) so that we the reader can make up our own minds.
Clearly as a director of a Christian apologetics organisation, he has an ultimate objective to prove his faith - and why not?
Re why it is necessary for Christians to have the right ammo: Muhammad has positioned himself as the 'final Prophet'. His mystical visions (which I do not doubt) are nothing like those of Judaeo-Christian prophets, yet are purported to be the everlasting word of Allah (his God). Obviously this is counter to everything Christians do or should believe.
So yes, I totally recommend this book. And even better to use it as a kind of study guide when reading Guillaume, the Hadith and other Islamic revered texts.
Such an authorative tone not dissimilar to the Old Testament. The fact that the author seems to have little knowledge
Of both the Old and New Testaments stands out clearly and indicates a human source; this source seems to rely on old folk
lore more than an understanding of the Bible. Hopefully many Muslims will read this to their everlasting benefit.