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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well researched!! A must read!, 12 Nov. 1997
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This review is from: Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (Paperback)
Norman L Geisler and Abdul Saleeb has done a very good job in properly representing the views and beliefs of the muslim faith and providing the Christian perspective on the issue and her response to challenges made by Islam. A proper view of Islam is greatly needed to confront and correct the stereotype that most Westerners have against Islam; this the authors has successfully done in the first part of their. A balanced view, with liberally sprinkled quotes and references to various sources throughout makes it a well-researched and written book. Simply state, the first part is an excellent factual representation of the Islam view. In the second part, the authors attempt to evaluate Islam from a Christian perspective. They tactfully offer scholarly criticism through evaluation of basic muslim beliefs with a douse of philosophy and logia. I've personally come across similar criticisms confronting islam, but this was minus the usual inflammatory rhetorics which makes it a pleasant reading. However, with all the good points, the authors fell into the fallacy of ad hominem comments against the Prophet of Islam during their evaluation of Islam. To put the record straight however, I believe they felt it necessary to question the prophethood of Muhammad according to biblical criteria since belief in the latter as the last of a succession of prophets since Judaism is an integral part of muslim faith. This I believe is a blot in the otherwise well written book. Apart from this minor point to moot, the other evaluations in this sections on other aspects of Islam are well organised and factually presented. The last section of the book concerns the attempts of the authors to defend the Christian belief over and against Islam. It deals with areas that has long been a target of questioning by inquiring minds (agnostics, atheists, muslims, rationalists etc) such as the authenticity of the bible, the deity of Christ, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the Cross etc. Some historical data as well as Thomist arguments are some of the fare and the book gets a little tougher to read as it assumes a familiarity with some of the issues that are brought up. Overall it's a good book and I'd recommend it for serious readers. It's obviously a lot to chew about.
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