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Posted July 10, 2013
The emphasis in the title was placed by the reviewer, because that is the emphasis the writer communicates in
the preface of the book. This is not an exhaustive compendium which will tell you everything you need to know
about the Qur’an, in all of its minutiae of transmission, transliteration, textual criticism and emendations.
Nor is this a “How-To” book which will equip zealous followers of Christ with the necessary information to
“go forth and convince the Muslims of the error of their ways, and bring them into the truth of salvation.”
James R. White is an accomplished debater of Muslim apologists, and in his own words notes: “I learned as a
young person that the single best way to honor the truth and to show honor to those you seek to reach is to
“hear them in their own language,” that is, to enter into their worldview and their theology.””
That is the main thrust of this book: to honor the truth, and to show honor to those one seeks to reach.
If you are picking up this book for any other reason, you might as well put it back down.
But . . . if you are still holding this book, perhaps you are dedicated to the same goals the author espouses in his
preface. His heart is for the Muslim believer; his passion is for the truth; his concern is for the gospel of Christ.
He engages the central text of the Muslim religion honestly, openly and fairly. And he does so with the example
of the Apostle Paul in mind: “To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all
people, so that I may by every possible means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
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Posted July 2, 2013
James White, an accomplished scholar, Greek professor, and crusader for reformed theological orthodoxy. His book The King James Only Controversy has generated widespread debate and received support from leading evangelical scholars including Norman Geisler, Bruce Metzger, and D.A. Carson. In addition to directing Alpha and Omega Ministries, White is a professor of New Testament Greek at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Columbia Evangelical Seminary, where he received his doctorate. He’s also a graduate of Fuller Seminary and the author of ten books, including Letters to a Mormon Elder and The Roman Catholic Controversy.
His book, What Every Christian Should Know about the Qur’an is a wonderful introduction to the Muslim faith. The Qur’an is arguably the greatest literary work in classical Arabic and for Muslims everywhere. Like the Bible, the Qur’an argues to be the definitive word of God spoken to their prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.
And I think for the most part, Christians know of its existence, but they have no idea what it says. In 1990, 935 million people reported to be Muslim. A comprehensive American study concluded in 2009 the number of Muslims stood at approximately 23% of the world population.
Each chapter in White’s book walks you through the content of the Qur’an and how best to understand it. And as the title suggests, this is all taught from the perspective of a Christian. This book would be great for anyone who wants to understand the Muslim faith a little more, and a must have for any apologeticist. Yes, I would think that this could be a good book to give a Muslim as an argument for Christianity, and even though I don’t believe White bashes the Qur’an in any way – it still might come across as impersonal. My advice would be to read the book, learn it and use it to aid in your conversations with Muslim friends.
Thank you to Baker Publishing and Bethany House for this free review copy.