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The Dark Side of Islam
~R. C. Sproul , Abdul Saleeb
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Media: Hardcover
ISBN/ASIN : 1581344414
Manufacturer : Crossway Books
Release data : 01 June, 2003

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    1 star1 star1 starNo starNo star    Islam versus the Trinity

    I've read a lot of books on Islam, but I'm still trying to figure out some of the details. Other reviewers have noted the contents of this book; the only one I wish to comment upon is the discussion about why Muslims are so rattled about the Chrisitian notion of "The Trinity": God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. I've found this short work to be great in explaining why Muslims find the notion of "The Trinity" to be blasphemous. I won't analyze the reasoning here, but the authors' short chapter on this matter really hightened my understanding. And the discussion of their differences pertaining to "Original Sin" is fine, too. This is a "good" book on a few topics, but alas, so short on small-sized pages. Due to the shortage of words and pages, try to buy it as cheaply as you can. 1-star for its small size, but 3-stars for its helpful analysis. Most likely it will never be included as a reference in any serious book about Islam, but definitely worth reading by those of us who haven't been to Sunday school lately.

    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Basics for the Christian

    I would recommend this book to the average Christian who wants to know more about Islam. Mr. Saleeb's first-hand knowledge of Islam and Christianity provide a reliable source for the facts shared. He brings to light the sharp pragmatic differences between the two religions, while R.C. Sproul does an excellent job showing the philosophical division.

    After reading this book it should be clear that Islam is vastly different from Christianity. This is an important point considering that many today would like to say that Islam and Christianity are so similar. One last point is that the book only spends one little chapter at the end discussing the violent side of Islam. And even here Mr. Saleeb clearly states that most Muslims are friendly people. His point is: the violent minority are justified in their actions (according to the Quran).

    The comment about the author dismissing "thousands of years of Christian ignorance" is erroneous. First of all, it was not his "main argument." Second of all, for nearly a thousand years, many Christians (including priests) did not have a good knowledge of the Bible (and even if they did, they were working with the Latin Vulgate, and not the original text). Furthermore, the crusades and inquisition were both political moves primarily. No student of Jesus Christ could consent to such violent actions. These charges require only but a little study of the Bible and Church history.

    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Good book

    In this book, R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb (pseudonym), a Muslim convert to Christianity, discuss the major doctrinal differences between Christianity and Islam. They demonstrate that these two religions have fundamentally different views on a number of doctrines, and they present a defense for the Christian view of each. The seven doctrines discussed in the book's first seven chapters are Scripture, the fatherhood of God, the Trinity, sin, salvation, the death of Christ, and the deity of Christ. The final chapter presents the roots of terrorism in the Qur'an and Muslim tradition. For all of these topics, the two authors deal well with the differences between Christianity and Islam. There is one additional area that would have benefited this book greatly, in my opinion. It lacked any significant historical introduction to Islam. While not essential for understanding the material in the book, it would have still helped the average reader, who is most likely unaware of the "who, when, where, how, and why?" of Islam's founding and continuance to the present day.

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