CHRISTIANITY ANSWERS ISLAM  by Mullata  Daniel

CHRISTIANITY ANSWERS ISLAM

Comparative Religions
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A work of Christian apology argues against the validity of Islam.

There are many religions in the world. Can they all be real? “There are a lot of contradicting teachings given by religions,” writes Daniel early in his debut book, “each presenting itself as the law given by God and the standard by which He shall judge mankind on the Day of Judgment, while other religions even contradict whether there will be a judgment at all or whether there is God at all.” The author was born into a Roman Catholic family in Kenya, though after entering a military college in Nairobi, he felt compelled to convert to Islam in order to be like the majority of his classmates. The doctrines of Islam did not sit right with him, however, and he ended up going the other way, eventually becoming a born-again Protestant. In this book, Daniel tells his story and shares the research he did while making his decision. He outlines the contradictions between Christianity and Islam, highlighting inconsistencies or controversies within Islamic theology and history while promoting the authority of Christian teachings. He also delves into the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism (the latter, in his view, being a truer reflection of the Bible), and offers brief sections on the comparative authenticity of other major religions (including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism). Daniel’s prose is even-tempered but rather awkward in its syntax and phrasing: “I noticed clearly that the life of the first Christians is much similar to the way of the life of the born-again Christians and is very different from the Catholic way of life.” In his ambitious book, the author clearly expresses respect for all people and faith traditions. His critiques are polite and don’t seem to come from a place of intolerance. He does, however, come to the conclusion that Islam (and some other religions) is a trick played by Satan on humanity. Daniel is an amateur scholar, and this does not read like a rigorous work on comparative religion. Those interested in a more balanced take on the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity should look elsewhere.

An unpolished Christian argument against Islam.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2018
Page count: 338pp
Publisher: Self
Program: Kirkus Indie
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