In America, public perception of Islam is skewed, sometimes presented as a religion of peace, sometimes as a belief system very similar to Christianity. These depictions, among others, can make decisions based on this information difficult. R. C. Sproul (The Holiness of God) and Abdul Saleeb (Answering Islam, 2d ed), an ex-Muslim, have no other agenda but to serve the American community by warning the world about this global threat. Clearly delineating where Christianity and Islam differ, the authors discuss core Christian doctrines, such as salvation and the nature of God, this book builds off of both Saleeb's earlier book (co-authored with Norman Geisler) and Sproul's earlier When Worlds Collide: Where is God in Terrorism, War, & Suffering?, going more in depth to address those specific issues which most confuse the issue concerning the difference between Christianity and Islam.
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Review 1 for The Dark Side of Islam
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Date:April 13, 2013
This book was very helpful in laying out simply the doctrinal differences between Islam and Christianity. I loved how it had perspective from a Christian and from a former Muslim, who could thus speak from experience in the teachings of the religion. It also cleared up a sneaking suspicion I had that the media's portrayal of Islam as a "religion of peace" is propaganda rather than factual. I loved how it cited actual quotes from the Quran and Muslim scholars to support what we see in the news today. Nothing about studying Islam from secular sources will make sense until you give this concise, yet meaty, book a chance to illuminate it.
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Review 2 for The Dark Side of Islam
Date:March 14, 2004
In this book, R.C. Sproul and Abdul Saleeb (pseudonym), a Muslim convert to Christianity, discuss the major doctrinal differences between Christianity and Islam. They demonstrate that these two religions have fundamentally different views on a number of doctrines, and they present a defense for the Christian view of each. The seven doctrines discussed in the book's first seven chapters are Scripture, the fatherhood of God, the Trinity, sin, salvation, the death of Christ, and the deity of Christ. The final chapter presents the roots of terrorism in the Qur'an and Muslim tradition. For all of these topics, the two authors deal well with the differences between Christianity and Islam. There is one additional area that would have benefited this book greatly, in my opinion. It lacked any significant historical introduction to Islam. While not essential for understanding the material in the book, it would have still helped the average reader, who is most likely unaware of the "who, when, where, how, and why?" of Islam's founding and continuance to the present day.