Sunday, January 29, 2006

Christian Responses to Muslim Questions

One of the recent presenters at Pope Benedict's meeting with his past doctoral students was Dr Christian W. Troll, S.J. The private meeting addressed various aspects of Islam, and raised questions about the pope's own view of the Qu'ran. You can read more about it here and here (and Spengler's view here) if you haven't caught up with this story yet.

In any case, Dr Troll has a really useful site called Muslims Ask, Christians Answer from which you can download a really useful little book called "Christian Responses to Muslim Questions". This excellent book grew directly out of many years of face to face Muslim Christian dialogue. The presentation is very clear, and strives first to understand exactly what the Muslim question or criticism of Christianity is before jumping in with the Christian response. There are lots of Christian apologetics books addressed to Muslims, but none as good as this from the dimension of serious engagement. Christians reading it will learn a great deal about Islam.

I am currently reading a book that faces similar issues, called "No God but God" by A. Christian van Gorder that's also fairly good, from an Evangelical perspective rather than a Catholic one. You can read a review of it on the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue site.

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