Islam is one of the most rapidly growing religions in the world today, its one billion adherents second only to Christianity. Many Christians who only decades ago would never have heard of Islam now have friends, family members and co-workers who adhere to the teachings of the Qur’an and affirm that Muhammad is the great prophet of Allah.
Answering Islam by Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb was written for those who desire a better understanding of the teachings of Islam and for those who are looking for a tool to enable them to effectively present the Gospel to the Muslims he or she may encounter. While there are a number of books available that have been written for the same purpose, none are as lucid and helpful as this one.
The book is divided into three main sections. In the first section, the authors explain the fundamental doctrines of orthodox Islam. Introduced are such topics as the Muslim doctrine of God, creation and man, Muhammad, the Qur’an, and salvation. It is especially helpful in that it clears away many common misconceptions and misunderstandings of Islamic belief.
In the second part, the discussion moves to an evaluation of the Muslim doctrines of God, Muhammad, and the Qur’an from a Christian perspective. Internal inconsistencies in the particular doctrines are carefully examined and exposed, and many factual inaccuracies are pointed out.
The authors conclude the book in the third section with a defense of the essential Christian doctrines of the authority of the Bible, the deity of Christ, the Trinity, and salvation through the atoning death of Christ on the cross. The defense of these Christian doctrines is presented specifically in light of common allegations by Muslim apologists. There are also several helpful appendices describing such topics as the different Muslim sects and common Muslim accusations against the New Testament.
For those who are in regular contact with Muslims, and for those who are simply interested in learning more about this religion, Answering Islam is an invaluable resource.