A Look Inside the Sacred Book of One of the World's Fastest-Growing Religions
What used to be an exotic religion of people halfway around the world is now the belief system of people living across the street. Through fair, contextual use of the Qur'an as the primary source text, apologist James R. White presents Islamic beliefs about Christ, salvation, the Trinity, the afterlife, and other important topics. White shows how the sacred text of Islam differs from the teachings of the Bible in order to help Christians engage in open, honest discussions with Muslims.
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About the Author
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The God Who Justifies and The Forgotten Trinity. The director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, he is an accomplished and respected debater and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. James also blogs at the Alpha and Omega Ministries site www.aomin.org. He and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Study the Qur'an? 9
1 The Qur'an and Muhammad of Mecca 19
2 The Qur'an: A Brief Introduction 51
3 Allah: Tawhid, Shirk, the Mithaq and the Fitra 59
4 "Say Not Three": The Qur'an and the Trinity 75
5 Jesus in the Qur'an 105
6 The Qur'an and the Cross 129
7 The Scales: Salvation in the Qur'an 145
8 Did the "People of the Book" Corrupt the Gospel? 165
9 Prophecies of Muhammad in the Bible 193
10 The Perfection of the Qur'an? Parallels and Sources 217
11 The Perfection of the Qur'an? Transmission and Text 249
Biblical Reference Index 301
Qur'an Reference Index 303
Subject Index 307
About the Author 311
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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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 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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.