Is the Quran or Bible the Word of God? Christianity or Islam?

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Quran Manuscripts, Copyist Errors, and Viable Variants

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Appreciating the textual tradition of the Quran, such as copyist errors, should open doors for Muslims to understand that the textual tradition of the Christian and Jewish Scriptures does not invalidate them from being the Word of God.

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

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Is Islam a religion of peace? How is one to interpret the historical event of Muhammad’s having hundreds of Jews beheaded?






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Ramadan 2016/رمضان

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Ramadan 2016 begins on June 5 and ends on July 5. How can Christians pray for Muslims at this time of the year?






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Laylat al Baraat 2016 (ليلة البارات)

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Laylat al Baraat (May 21, 2016) is a Muslim holiday preparing for Ramadan in two weeks.






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Lailat-al-Miraj: Muhammad’s Ascension into Heaven (May 3, 2016)

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On Tuesday (May 3rd), Muslims will celebrate Lailat-al-Miraj. They remember this as the day when Muhammad ascended into heaven (27th day of Rajab).






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Have you read the Bible?

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Have you read the Bible? Here are two helpful videos introducing Genesis, the first book of the Bible.






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Allah: A Christian Response to Miroslav Volf

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Miroslav Volf’s “Allah: A Christian Response” is directed at Christians like John Piper by name, Christians who believe the Bible teaches that the Muslim God is very much unlike Jesus. Volf argues Muslims and Christians worship a common God. The thrust of his book’s message proclaims something less than the Gospel.






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Amr Khaled, 99 Names: El-Wadud (Ever-loving)

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The 99 Names of Allah are important to Muslims because the Quran speaks of them (Quran 7:180), and encourages Muslims to call upon Allah by these names. In this lecture by Amr Khaled, we learn about the Islamic meaning of the name “El-Wadud” (Ever-Loving). At the end of the post I discuss whey the Quran’s teaching about love is deficient when compared with the Bible.






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Martin Luther, “On war against the Turk” (Vom Kriege wider die Türken), 1528

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Martin Luther’s pamphlet On War Against the Turks (1528) is the great reformers response to Islam. In it he rejects crusades. He laments the heartbreak and misery they caused when Islam ought to have been opposed “with the Word and with prayer.” Luther also argued that clergy should preach and pray, not bear arms and fight, “If I were a soldier and saw in the battlefield a priest’s banner or cross, even if it were the very crucifix, I would run away as though the very devil were chasing me.”






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Bernard Haykel: The Folly of Bombing ISIS

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“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return on investment, Bin Laden has done really well…Every time the West has intervened in the Middle East for the last 200 years it has led to a much worse situation both for the people of the region and for the West.”
–Bernard Haykel, Professor at Princeton University






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