Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What Every Christian NEEDS To Know About The Qur'an

What Every Christian NEEDS To Know About the Qur’an
James R. White
Comparative Religion
Bethany House
311 pages
$16.99 U.S.

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."

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