The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity

The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity

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A unique Christian response to nine common philosophical objections to Christianity made by Muslims.
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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0992499704
  • 9780992499709
  • 110,265

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A Christian philosopher with a PhD in Islamic Thought, Richard Shumack has written a very readable comparison of the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity and Islam. The book is dedicated to an Islamic scholar of his acquaintance, and the tone of the book is deeply irenic; Shumack positions himself as a truth seeker seriously looking into various muslim critiques of Christianity. One of the basic premises of his approach is 'no special pleading', that is in this situation no question can be usefully answered by recourse to 'the Qur'an says' or 'the Bible says' as if that settles the matter. While by no means attempting to 'prove' the Christian position, Shumack more modestly hopes to demonstrate that muslim claims that various aspects of the Christian world view are immoral, incomprehensible or plain unreasonable are themselves unjustified. Each chapter addresses a particular critique of Christianity, and while on one level the argument is cumulative, the chapters can be read individually. The areas addressed are : certainty of belief, God's hiddenness, human sin, the trinity, the incarnation, the cross, revelation, ethics, and politics. While not a complete beginner as far as thinking about either Christianity or Islam, I learned a number of useful things from this book. I found particularly thought provoking the chapters about God's hiddenness, human sin and the one about politics. One of the over arching themes of the book is comparing the Islamic legislative model with the Christian fellowship model of interaction between God and humanity. While from a common sense point of view, or the position of the legislative model much of Christian belief seems foolish, if one takes on board the fellowship model the claims of Christianity can be not simply reasonable, but more
by Jane Churchland
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