Allah: A Christian Response

Allah: A Christian Response

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by Miroslav Volf
     
 

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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

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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.

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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Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062041715
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/08/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
336,243
File size:
923 KB

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. His books include Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

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I may purchase it, but it better not be offensive to Muslims in ANY way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)