Islam and the Qur'an

One of the important matters of which Christians need to know and to be prepared to engage is Islam and their book, the Qur'an.

James White has written a helpful primer that fills that gap: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an. Thabiti Anyabwile writes the following about this book:

James White has given the thoughtful Christian a game-changer for Muslim-Christian dialogues about the Qur’an, the Bible, and our claims to truth. For too long, Christians have remained largely ignorant and even reluctant toward one of the world’s largest faiths. We no longer have reason for either ignorance or reluctance thanks to White. I know of no other introduction to the Qur’an and Islam that is as technically competent and easy to read as James White’s What Every Christian Should Know About the Qur’an. This book is my new go-to source and recommendation for anyone wanting a thorough introduction to the thought world of the Qur’an and the Muslims who revere it. For irenic, honest, charitable and careful discussion of the Qur’an, this is the best resource I know.

To read some of White’s reflections about the Quran, read the interview that was conducted by Anyabwile.

As a “teaser” to read the interview, and the book, here is one of the questions, along with the answer: “What are the ‘three pillars of Islamic denial’ and how do they complicate our efforts to reach our Muslim neighbors and friends?”  The answer? The first pillar – the Bible has been corrupted and needs to be corrected by the Qur'an. The second pillar – a denial of the Trinity, understanding the relationship in physical and literal terms, and a concurrent denial of worship of Jesus. The third pillar – the denial of the historicity of the crucifixion (and resurrection) of Jesus.

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