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With both the ascendancy of Islam in our culture and the encouraging gospel advance in several Muslim areas, Christian resources for understanding Islam have become increasingly important and practically useful. In this helpful new book the authors provide a dictionary of religious terms – words and phrases that Christianity and Islam share in common but often with differing understandings. You may be surprised to know, for example, that when you refer to the Holy Spirit your Muslim friend likely thinks you are talking about the angel Gabriel. And Islam has no conceptual equivalents to Christian terminology such as justification, regeneration, or sanctification.
A very useful resource both for understanding and communicating effectively with Muslims.
About the Book:
This comparative dictionary of theological terms is written by two theologians, one a conservative Sunni Muslim and the other a conservative evangelical Christian. Both believe that their respective religion is the one true path to God. Neither believes in seeking common ground simply for the sake of unity. Though Islam and Christianity use the same words, their meanings are understood very differently. In this work Drs. Malkoç and Pikkert each define what the 600+ words in this dictionary means to him. In doing so they spell out the irreconcilable differences between their respective understandings of God, the nature of revelation, faith, redemption, judgment, the world to come, and many other religious beliefs. In the process they demonstrate that differences in worldview do not preclude respectful interaction and friendship.