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Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? Paperback – August 13, 2002
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Divinity-school dean George clarifies the two religions' conceptualizations of God. For Islam, God is nonhuman and transcendent, whereas Christianity conceives of God relationally, which is why the doctrine of the Trinity, encompassing physical and spiritual relationship, is fundamental to Christianity. For Islam, obedience to God is needed to obtain love, forgiveness, and mercy, and sin is a matter of personal ignorance or forgetfulness of the duties of obedience. Christianity regards sin as personally intrinsic and inalienable, and it is the grace of God's relationship that guarantees love and promises mercy and forgiveness. The Christian response to even terroristic Islam is to preach and pray that all souls may be brought to Christ. Ray Olson
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The days when western Christians could ignore the influence of Islam are over. Today as never before, the world's second largest religion is shaping our culture, and words such as jihad, imam, Quran, and fatwa have entered our vocabulary. While all Muslims are no more alike than all Christians are alike, there are certain fundamental beliefs that all Muslims hold in common---some of which Christians would agree with, including belief in one true God. But is it the same God? How does the God of Muhammad differ from the God of Christianity? Written in a clear, passionate style that is conciliatory, balanced, and uncompromisingly biblical, this book describes and contrasts the distinctives of Christianity and Islam. Its author, a noted historian and theologian who has studied Islam for many years, writes with an eye on helping Christians better understand how to interact with Muslims. Beginning with an overview of Islam---what it is and how it arose---here are fascinating and relevant insights on - the Five Pillars of Islam - the role of religious violence from the Crusades onward - the doctrine of the Trinity and the character of God - Christian and Muslim views of Jesus Christ and salvation - what Christians can learn from Muslims - how Christians can share Christ with their Muslim neighbors . . . and more
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This book also made me interested to read the Quran.
It's a book that will make you think. It's also very easily readable. I read it as part of a book club, and I think we all liked the book. On a side note, I had a few people notice the book I was reading/carrying and inquire about it, so it's definitely a topic of interest to many folks right now. I think it's a good launching point for learning something about Islam.
The writer (Timothy George) discusses the things Islam has in common with Christianity (belief that God sent Jesus to preach to the people, that he was born of the virgin Mary, that he called the people to come back to God, and that God had given his message to His servants the prophets.
But George also discusses the differences (Islam doesn't teach that Christ died for our sins and rose again, nor do they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, ie, no Trinity).
George then discusses why the Trinity matters and why we should present the message of the cross to Muslims. This book is a winner!
Olivia Rodan Jacobs, author of The Poisoner's Agenda