Islam christianity comparative essay

I think there are two points where I disagree. Firstly, I am arguing that no one, let alone an outsider, can make a definitive statement about Islam and violence. That does not push me in the direction of post-modernism and relativism. Secondly, although Islam is a religion of the book, it is not only such a religion, it also has the hadiths and the tradition of jurisprudence. Put these two things together and it is evident that it is naive for someone like Anton to say, on his reading of the Qur’an that he knows what Islam stands for. As I’ve pointed out, a Muslim reading James 2 would assume Evangelicals deny sola fide and he would be wrong in that.

We have the responsibility to ask ourselves, "Do we respect Allah enough to question the religious claims of someone who claims to be a prophet of Allah?" Or, must we blindly accept someone's claims to be a prophet. There have been false prophets during the course of world history. So, it is incumbent upon us to investigate the claims of someone who alleges to be a prophet. Since we should investigate the life and claims of alleged prophets, we ought to study the life and claims of Isa ibn Maryam and Muhammad ibn 'Abdullah.

            But wait a minute, some will say. What about the Arabic Christians who call the God of the Bible “Allah”? Doesn’t this illustrate the fact that Allah and Yahweh are referring to the same God? Actually, when the Arabic Christians refer to “Allah” in their translation of the Bible, they believe that “Allah” is the father of Jesus and they believe that “Allah” is triune. Therefore, the Allah of the Arabic Christians cannot be the same Allah of the Muslims! This semantic [shibboleth] strangulation can be cleared up if we remember that words have both a denotative and a connotative meaning. Denotation refers to a dictionary definition, so it would be correct to say that Yahweh and Allah both refer to the concept of God, especially for their respective language groups. However, the connotation is determined by what a person conceives about the object of that word. For example, an Arab Christian may still use the word “Allah” to denote God, but his understanding of that term would be starkly different from a Muslim, for the Christian would recognize that Jesus Christ is God (Allah) whereas the Muslim would never consider that connotation. Thus, denotatively the word “allah” merely refers to “god, deity, etc.” However, we understand the denotative use by our connotative presuppositions. Therefore, “Allah” for the Muslim cannot be reconciled with the “Jesus is Allah” of the Arabic Christians. There is still a world of difference between the content of the word (connotation), even if the denotation is the same. Without this very important distinction made when we refer to “Allah” and “God” (Yahweh), a lot of Christians will be confused.

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