Allah: A Christian Response  -     By: Miroslav Volf
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Allah: A Christian Response

Harpercollins Publishing / 2011 / Hardcover

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Volf explains the hidden agendas behind today's news stories as he thoughtfully considers the words of religious leaders and parses the crucial passages from the Bible and the Qur'an that continue to ignite passion. Allah offers a constructive way forward by reversing the "our God vs. their God" premise that destroys bridges between neighbors and nations, magnifies fears, and creates conflict.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0061927074
ISBN-13: 9780061927072
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Author Bio

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. “One of the most celebrated theologians of our time,” (Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury), Volf is a leading expert on religion and conflict. His recent books include Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities, and Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation—winner of the 2002 Grawmeyer Award in Religion.

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Recent disputes like the "ground zero" mosque controversy have their roots in historical conflicts, according to Yale professor and author Volf (Exclusion and Embrace). The author, who grew up in what was then Yugoslavia, explains that Christians' ability to live in community with Muslims depends on their answer to one question: is the God of the Qur'an the same as the God of the Bible? With a conversational tone and the backing of both sacred texts, the author argues that while beliefs about God may differ, the object of worship for both religions is the same (or at least the objects are "sufficiently similar"). Such "claims are spicy," but come after careful consideration. Volf provides a thorough examination of theology to show the complexity of what seems a simple question of terminology. Perhaps the most stirring and involved debate concerns the comparison of the Christian Trinity to Allah. On such a heated topic, readers will appreciate Volf's sense of humor and optimism. Though the text may not convince those who fear religious pluralism, his timely call for Christian love toward Muslims should at least lead to further dialogue, if not increased social cooperation. This is an important book. (Mar.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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    Don't waste your money. This is simply an attempt at uniting Christianity and Islam. It is not a solid exegetical look at what both religions teach. The fact is there are irreconcilable differences between the two religions that will never be resolved as long as both hold true to what their texts teach. 1/5 stars. For a better treatment on this issue see James White's 'What Every Christian needs to know about the Quran'.
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