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Answering Islam evaluates the claims of orthodox Islam from a Christian point of view, appealing especially to the Qur’an and the Bible. The authors, a Christian apologist and a former Muslim, provide apologetic answers to prepare Christians for ministry in the Islamic context. This second edition contains two new appendices, a new preface written in light of September 11, Answering Islam evaluates the claims of orthodox Islam from a Christian point of view, appealing especially to the Qur’an and the Bible.

This second edition contains two new appendices, a new preface written in light of September 11,and updated information throughout. It is invaluable as a tool for understanding the most serious religious challenge to Christianity in the modern world.

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Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norman L. Geisler

Sep 08, Paul rated it liked it Recommended to Paul by: This is the first book I read on Islam I refer to the first edition. I thought it was a very helpful introduction and critique, from a Christian perspective. Having studied Islam more extensively since then, there are plenty of subtleties and nuances to Islamic thought that this book ignores.

But still, as a general critique, this book is solid. Its defense of historic Christianity at the end is very helpful, especially for the new Christian with the caveat that the discussion on the Trinity This is the first book I read on Islam I refer to the first edition. Its defense of historic Christianity at the end is very helpful, especially for the new Christian with the caveat that the discussion on the Trinity gets into some problematic views on the matter.

Like everything else, the Christian should not just use or resort to this book for his understanding of Islam. Both Islamic scholars and secular Islamic scholars should be read, as well as the terribly boring Koran and utterly hilarious Hadiths, if you want to love your neighbor in critiquing him. Loving your neighbor applies in the apologetic realm I think applies most to doing his position justice.

Giving his position the most charity you can. Christians ought not fall into the trap of thinking that, for some reason, whenever a Christian critiques another religion or view point we nail it, but whenever another view critiques us they automatically misunderstand us.


It is true that the vast majority of criticisms against Christianity are based on misrepresentations, so why is it a stretch to think that we don’t do the same to other religions? Humans are sinful and lazy, and often, especially with Americans, we want the quickest and fastest refutation of a position.

In fact, what matters is that it “works” in giving us cognitive rest, pragmatists that we are, not so much that it is careful and accurate. As a shameless plug, for any interested, I critique Islam here. In the comments that follow there are links to an extended exchange with a Muslim that read my critique.

I don’t pretend that my critique is the paradigm of what I wrote on above, but I did my best in the short time allotted. Anyway, I would recommend this book by Geisler as a helpful addition to your “Islam” section of your library.

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Jan 04, Lori rated it really liked it. Finally a well written well edited book about comparative religions that uses primary sources and is still readable. This is one that I would recommend far above all the others I’ve read. Dec 24, Jonathan Washburn rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. The Basic Doctrines of Orthodox Islam Though there are many rival sects within Islam orthodoxy, most Muslims agree on six basic doctrines. The foundation of all Muslim belief is the absolute geisle and sovereignty of God. God wills answeriny of these characteristics, thus providing a unity to his character and actions. Since God is utterly transcendent and incapable of being known, the starting points for reflection upon him islzm the order of nature and the order of life.

Belief in angels is vital to the Islamic faith. Muslims believe in four archangels and numerous lesser angelic beings. While Muslims believe that God created humans, their view of humanity is strikingly different to Christianity.

Though humans are weak, finite, and prone to forgetfulness, gdisler humans are born as true Muslims with a pure and free human will. Prophets Prophets are necessary because God cares for frail humans. Islam specifically recognizes five prophets among many to be the highest in rank: Muhammad, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Throughout history, God has raised different prophets which all encouraged his people to worship the one true God.

The Islamic doctrine of progressive revelation helps to relieve the obvious tension between the messages of geiser five prophets. Crucially, Islam views each of the prophets, including Jesus, to be a human.

Many Christian views of Christ are flat-out rejected, including his death on the cross and geisller resurrection. Chief among all prophets is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muhammad Muhammad was born around A. While he grew up like most other children, he avoided the polytheistic pagan activities that were common in Mecca.

After receiving a prophetic call, which he initially feared was a Satanic vision, he converted his wife Khadija, his cousin Ali, and geiselr best friend Abu Bakr.

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In Medina, Muhammad took advantage a culture answreing was friendlier to monotheism, and gradually consolidated power. After the stunning victory at the Battle of Badr, Muhammad grew isslam for more power and was eventually able to return to Mecca as a conquering hero. His biographical life impacts the routine of Muslims across the world as they seek to replicate his actions which were recorded in the hadith.


The Old and New Testaments both contain clear prophecies about him.

His miracles are a seal set by God Most High on his claims. His life and character prove him to have been the last and the greatest of the prophets. The rapid spread of Islam shows that God Most High sent it as his final revelation to man. Muhammad gave these revelations orally to scribes which faithfully recorded its message. It is divided into individual chapters called suras which are generally arranged in order from longest to shortest.

Importantly, any perceived contradictions within the text itself can be solved by the principle of abrogation — the belief that later passages render earlier passages irrelevant.

Its focus on the oneness and transcendence of God the Creator prevailed. Islamic ethics, law, and jurisprudence finds its basis in this period as well.

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It is not only divine revelation, but it is also viewed as a divine miracle. Though the details of Muslim eschatology are open to interpretation, most theologians agree on a main outline: In contrast to Christianity, there is no such thing as conversion in Islam, since all humans were originally born Muslims. True saving faith has three aspects: However, assurance of salvation is elusive to the Muslim.

This reality typically motivates the Muslim to continue in his obedience to God. Though Islam and Christianity seem to share some similar traits, the two ispam too disparate to provide any sort of ecumenical union.

However, this understanding is not only philosophically flawed, but is also based off of a misunderstanding of Christian theology. It also leads to voluntarism; Allah becomes a victim of the famous Euthyphro Dilemma, and the Muslim view of ethics is crippled.

As a result, norjan Muslims practically live as agnostics, since they are unable to relate to God in any real way. Logically, determinism forces the Muslim to acknowledge that God performs contradictory anawering. An Evaluation of Muhammad A prophet, though a mere human being, must have impeccable character.

First, the Old and New Testaments contain clear prophecies about him. Second, Muhammad received a miraculous call to be a prophet. And fifth, his life and character validate that he was, indeed, the final and greatest of prophets.

However, the Islamic use of Scripture in support of these claims is both arbitrary and flawed. At best, the fulfilled prophecies are vague and speculative. More likely, they are completely misinterpreted. Further, the miracle claims attributed to Muhammad are dubious. His teachings on polygamy, and his own practice of it fly in the face of natural and moral law. He also devalued women, asserting that the majority of hell consisted of the fairer sex.

Numerous times, Muhammad retaliated against enemies in a morally reprehensible manner, and his teachings concerning the general treatment of slaves, women, and children are quite shocking. Their defense for their holy book is premised on its miraculous nature. This defense consists of several planks: