Debut author John offers fellow Christians a succinct comparison of the Quran and the Bible on key doctrinal points—particularly those relating to the life and divinity of Jesus.
The author says that he seeks to provide a handbook so that “if an Imam asked a Christian Pastor to bring evidence of the Gospel’s authority,” he’d be able to do so. Notably, John does not go so far as to view the difference between the two faiths as one between good and evil, as some evangelical Christians do; indeed, he embraces Muslims as fellow “believers.” His main focus is to refute the Islamic rejection of the divinity of Christ. He asserts that whatever similarities that the Bible and Quran may share in their writing styles or their belief in the supremacy of God, the two are ultimately incompatible. To John, who says that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, the fundamental disagreement on the purpose, meaning, and very nature of Jesus is a chasm that will forever separate Christians and Muslims. Overall, this book may be useful to Protestants who seek a basic introduction to the similarities and differences between the two faiths. Readers looking for a scholarly comparison, however, will find that there are no footnotes; John only cites the two holy books, so that one can directly compare parallel passages on a range of topics. He also rejects the compatibility of Christianity with Catholicism—the world’s largest Christian denomination—by critiquing the Catholic practice of praying to the Virgin Mary. The author’s understanding of mainstream Christian doctrine isn’t always clear at times. He seems ambivalent toward the term “Trinity,” for example, and, in a chapter on the Quran’s alleged acceptance of violence, he doesn’t note the longstanding Christian concept of “just war.” Other readers may grow tired of the book’s repetitive style, as it offers passage after passage from the Bible and Quran with very little critical analysis, beyond surface-level comparisons and platitudes.
A pedestrian juxtaposition of Christianity and Islam.