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Three and a half billion people—the majority of the world’s population—profess Christianity or Islam. Renowned scholar Miroslav Volf’s controversial proposal is that Muslims and Christians do worship the same God—the only God. As Volf reveals, warriors in the “clash of civilizations” have used “religions”—each with its own god and worn as a badge of identity—to divide and oppose, failing to recognize the one God whom Muslims and Christians understand in partly different ways.

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Overview

Three and a half billion people—the majority of the world’s population—profess Christianity or Islam. Renowned scholar Miroslav Volf’s controversial proposal is that Muslims and Christians do worship the same God—the only God. As Volf reveals, warriors in the “clash of civilizations” have used “religions”—each with its own god and worn as a badge of identity—to divide and oppose, failing to recognize the one God whom Muslims and Christians understand in partly different ways.

Writing from a Christian perspective, and in dialogue with leading Muslim scholars and leaders from around the world, Volf reveals surprising points of intersection and overlap between these two faith traditions:

• What the Qur’an denies about God as the Holy Trinity has been denied by every great teacher of the church in the past and ought to be denied by Christians today.
• A person can be both a practicing Muslim and 100 percent Christian without denying core convictions of belief and practice.
• How two faiths, worshipping the same God, can work toward the common good under a single government.

Volf explains the hidden agendas behind today’s news stories as he thoughtfully considers the words of religious leaders and parses the crucial passages from the Bible and the Qur’an that continue to ignite passion. Allah offers a constructive way forward by reversing the “our God vs. their God” premise that destroys bridges between neighbors and nations, magnifies fears, and creates strife.

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Editorial Reviews

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Recent disputes like the "ground zero" mosque controversy have their roots in historical conflicts, according to Yale professor and author Volf (Exclusion and Embrace). The author, who grew up in what was then Yugoslavia, explains that Christians' ability to live in community with Muslims depends on their answer to one question: is the God of the Qur'an the same as the God of the Bible? With a conversational tone and the backing of both sacred texts, the author argues that while beliefs about God may differ, the object of worship for both religions is the same (or at least the objects are "sufficiently similar"). Such "claims are spicy," but come after careful consideration. Volf provides a thorough examination of theology to show the complexity of what seems a simple question of terminology. Perhaps the most stirring and involved debate concerns the comparison of the Christian Trinity to Allah. On such a heated topic, readers will appreciate Volf's sense of humor and optimism. Though the text may not convince those who fear religious pluralism, his timely call for Christian love toward Muslims should at least lead to further dialogue, if not increased social cooperation. This is an important book. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061927072
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. “One of the most celebrated theologians of our time,” (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury), Volf is a leading expert on religion and conflict. His recent books include Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities, and Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation—winner of the 2002 Grawmeyer Award in Religion.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The One God and the Great Chasm 1

Part I Disputes, Present and Past

1 The Pope and the Prince: God, the Great Chasm, and the Building of Bridges 19

2 A Catholic Cardinal and the One God of All 40

3 A Protestant Reformer and the God of the Turks 60

Part II Two Gods or One?

4 How Do We Decide? 79

5 A Common God and the Matter of Beliefs 95

6 A Common God and the Matter of Practices 111

Part III Critical Themes: The Trinity and Love

7 The One God and the Holy Trinity 127

8 God's Mercy 149

9 Eternal and Unconditional Love 163

Part IV Living Under the Same Roof

10 The Same God, the Same Religion? 187

11 Prejudices, Proselytism, and Partnership 201

12 Two Faiths, Common God, Single Government 219

13 The Fear of God and the Common Good 239

Epilogue: Reality Check: Combating Extremism 255

Acknowledgments 263

Notes 267

Index 315

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    IM CHRISTIAN!!!!!!

    Sorry i have to stand my ground i am not wasting my money on book that says or ask or begs the question or even begans to say in truth that muslims and christians are the same ....
    WE ARE NOT THE SAME!
    ALLAH = THERE GOD
    GOD/JESUS CHRIST/HOLY SPIRIT/TRINITY = ARE GOD!
    ARE REAL GOD THE CHRISTIAN GOD !!!
    I A M N O T T H E S A M E A S A M U S L I M
    D O N O T L A B E L M E U N D E R T H E I R R E L I G I O N
    I A M A F A I T H
    T H E Y A R E N O T

    I S T A N D A L O N E
    A L O N G W/ M Y F A I T H A M O N G A L L O T H E R
    R E L I G I O N S & C U LT S


    I A M N O T A J E W (JUDAISIM)
    I A M N O T A MUSLIM
    I A M N O T A BUDHIST
    I AM NOT A PAGAN OR WICCIAN
    I AM NOT A EVOLUTIONIS, SCIENTOLOGIST OR NEW AGER
    I AM NOT A SANTANIST
    I AM NOT A CATHOLIC , LUTHERAN OR MORMON
    I AM NOT A BAPTIST OR PENECOSTAL
    I AM NOT A ATHIEST OR AGONSTIC

    I AM CHRISTIAN MY FAITH IS SUPERIOR
    IT IS NON- DENOMINATIONAL IT IS NOT A RELIGION NOR CULT IT DOES NOT HAVE A CATAGORY OR LABEL BUT ITS LABEL ITS SELF THAT IS SELF EXPLANTORY ON ITS OWN

    IF EDUCATED U WOULD KNOW OR SEE SOME SIMILARITIES POLITICALLY & BIBLICALLY WITH OTHERS ABOVE
    BUT I AM NOT ALIKE THE REST

    I STAND ALONE & AM PROUD TO BE THE ONLY ONE THAT DOESNT FIT WITH THE REST ABOVE

    IM CHRISTIAN MY "FAITH" & "I" ARE "NOT"
    "ALIKE" THE REST! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Offense

    I may purchase it, but it better not be offensive to Muslims in ANY way.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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