Objective, Logical, and Respectful Analysis of the Qur’an

There has probably never been a more crucial time for Christians to become educated in and cognizant of the teachings of the Qur’an, particularly those that relate specifically to Judaism and Christianity. In “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” author James R. White addresses a range of issues, from the question, “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?” to what the Qur’an specifically says to- or about- Jews and Christians, about Christ, and about the Old and New Testaments. This book addresses the prevalent Muslim belief that the Bible is a corrupted text, which persists despite the contradictory teaching found in the Qur’an urging Christians and Jews to follow their Scriptures and acknowledges both the Old and New Testament as divinely inspired. Several chapters take an in-depth look at the formation and dissemination of both the New Testament and the Qur’an and the information here is particularly relevant, as most Christians have very little idea how we received the Bible as we know it today, nor do they understand the importance of how that compares to the compilation of the Qur’an. Among other things, James White also examines the Qur’an’s teaching on the person of Christ, salvation, and forgiveness of sin and how these differ from Biblical doctrines.
“What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an” is an objective, logical and in-depth analysis of the Qur’an. Although the title indicates that it is written for Christians, it is clearly intended for Muslim readers as well, and throughout the book the author makes a respectful appeal to Muslim readers to be open-minded and intellectually honest in considering the logical contradictions found within the Qur’an and the hadith (tradition through which the Qur’an in interpreted). Refuting the Qur’an is not the goal of this book, however, and James White’s impartial, rational, and courteous study focuses instead on the issues that separate Christian and Muslim beliefs.
In no way is this book intended for a casual reader who seeks a simple, historical overview of Islam. The depth of writing, the academic tone, textual analysis, and comparisons between biblical references and Qur’anic references require serious and focused reading. I highly recommend it to those who seek to advance their knowledge of what the Qur’an teaches, and particularly to those who desire to engage in meaningful and informed discussion with Muslim friends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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