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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Understanding Islam and Christianity: Beliefs That Separate Us and How to Talk about Them

This was a very interesting book to read, and while I thought I knew the main differences between Islam and Christianity, this book really opened my eyes to some details that I had not read before.

I saw another review that complained about this book being limited in topics.

The author clearly states on Page 13, that this book addresses the **most frequently**  discussed topics between Muslims and Christians. This is not being marketed as an exhaustive reference, so you may be disappointed if you are expecting a wide variety of topics.

The topics covered are the ones most frequently debated or discussed between the two religions, such as: Was Jesus crucified?
Was Jesus the divine Son of God?
 Is the New Testament reliable?

These topics and others are covered, and I think the authors provide a lot of "meaty" information on these subjects. As a Christian, I appreciated the chapters that cover (and prove) the reliability of the New Testament. If you enjoy apologetics, these chapters are excellent.

When readers finish this book, they will understand that while Muslims may use a few similar semantics, they do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, nor do they believe in the Trinity. It's pretty cut and dried, and educational if you are looking to further your studies.

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