BOOK REVIEW: COMPARING THE QUR'AN AND THE BIBLE
In Islamic and Arabic-speaking countries, Christians use 'Allah' in their Bible to denote the person of God. (page 17)
Rich Richter has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod for fifty years. Over the past decade he has held workshops on the Qur'an and the Bible from his extensive research into Islam.
Complete with discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this material would be an excellent source for study groups interested in understanding Islam.
Richter clearly is interested in presenting a comparison of beliefs that is fair to Muslims. He has treated the subject matter with objectivity rather than objection.
As a Christian interested in understanding people of other faiths, this book is a goldmine. I have long known that the differences in religious belief cannot be blended without destroying the integrity of each. Richter gives us a careful and accurate study comparing key doctrines with parallel passages from each of the Sacred writings. Islam and Christianity are not similar. We need to know what the differences are if we are to introduce the Jesus of the Bible to Muslims.
The principles of relativism and toleration would maintain that both the Qur'an and the Bible are equal sources of divine revelation. The Caner brothers, Mehmet Ergun and Fethi Emir, both former Muslims, state: "The tolerant postmodernist asserts that both books are divine because both contain some truth. But unless God lies, changes his mind, or makes mistakes-- in which cases He is less than God-- it cannot be that both books are divine... The Bible is either absolute or it is obsolete." (p.177)
Reading this book gave me a fresh appreciation and insight into the world of Islam and a nudge to know the Muslim neighbours of my city.
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