Allah: A Christian Response

Miroslav Volf, 2011, Harper Collins

Jonathan and I walk to school every day. While we are in the front lot waiting for the teachers to take the children into their classes I am amazed at the diversity of my fellow parents and children. All shapes and shades seem to flock to our school each day. I have realized

for a long time that we live in a world with all sorts of people, but now I am reminded of that in a more ‘up close’ kind of way. Each Friday afternoon on our way home on Essex St. we pass by the mosque. Usually there is a large crowd of people around the front of the building or coming out and crossing paths with us. There are all sorts of questions that go through my mind as I walk by. So when I saw the title of this book I decided to give it a try.

Volf is a theologian at Yale Divinity school who I first read when I wanted to learn more about forgiveness (Free of Charge, 2009). His approach to this and that subject is firmly rooted in our faith as found in Christ. I knew I would be in for a good pursuit of answers to tough questions as I read through this book. When he seeks to answer a question such as “Do Christians and Muslim worship the same God?” he doesn’t stray far from what we hear from Jesus. Of course Jesus didn’t say anything about Islam directly, so he does rely on other sources. He covers a lot of ‘ground’ with historical, theological, political … perspectives.

Not the easiest read, but I really am glad I took the time to read this book.

Author: Pastor

Serving as pastor at the Lynn First Church of the Nazarene.

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