Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective

Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective

by John Renard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255089

ISBN-13: 9780520255081

Pub. Date: 03/08/2011

Publisher: University of California Press


In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning scholar John Renard illuminates the similarities as well as the differences between Islam and Christianity through a clear…  See more details below

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In light of the widespread public perception of incompatibility between Islam and Christianity, this book provides a much-needed straightforward comparison of these two great faith traditions from a broad theological perspective. Award-winning scholar John Renard illuminates the similarities as well as the differences between Islam and Christianity through a clear exploration of four major dimensions—historical, creedal, institutional, and ethical and spiritual. Throughout, the book features comparisons between concrete elements such as creedal statements, prayer texts, and writings from major theologians and mystics. It also includes a glossary of technical theological terms. For western readers in particular, this balanced, authoritative work overturns some common stereotypes about Islam, especially those that have emerged in the decade since September 11, 2001.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255081
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

Prologue: Christian-Muslim Theological Dialogue in Retrospect
Introduction: Theological Themes and Subdisciplines

Part I. Historical Dimensions: Interpreting God's Communication and Divine Engagement in Time and Space
1. Sacred Sources and Community Origins
2. Development and Spread

Part II. Creedal Dimensions: Faith and the Development of Theology as a Religious Discipline
3. From Story to Creed
4. The Emergence of Theological Disciplines

Part III. Institutional Dimensions: The Structures of Theologically Grounded Community
5. Beneath the Brick and Mortar
6. Institutions in Action

Part IV. Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions: Mapping Outward and Inward Journeys of Faith
7. Sources, Methods, and Social Values in Theological Ethics
8. Sources and Models in Traditions of Spirituality
9. Themes in Prayer and Mystical Theology

Epilogue: Reflections on the Prospects for Christian-Muslim Theological Dialogue

Notes
Theological Glossary
Selected Bibliography
General Index
Index of Biblical and Qur'anic Citations

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