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The great divide : the failure of Islam and the triumph of the West

Author: Alvin J Schmidt
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Regina Orthodox Press, ©2004.
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These days, the hills are alive with the sound of musings about Islam. Publisher's Weekly reported this spring that a spate of new books on the religion are hitting the bookstores, and they're unlike the critical books that came out after September 11; the new tomes assure readers that Islam is a religion of peace. That, as Alvin Schmidt points out Thre Great Divide, is wishful thinking. Muslims are right to point  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alvin J Schmidt
ISBN: 1928653197 9781928653196
OCLC Number: 56565960
Notes: "Foreword by Marvin Olasky"--Cover.
Description: xvi, 332 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Jesus and Muhammad : polar opposites --
Sword of the spirit vs. scimitar of steel --
Women : veiled or unveiled? --
Slavery --
Charity or zakat? --
The Crusades and the rest of the story --
Liberty and justice --
Science --
Church and state --
Islam : a religion of peace? --
Political correctness and apologists : Islam's best friends --
Appendix A : the Koran's jihad (holy war) verses --
Appendix B : Christian pioneers in science.
Responsibility: Alvin J. Schmidt.

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These days, the hills are alive with the sound of musings about Islam. Publisher's Weekly reported this spring that a spate of new books on the religion are hitting the bookstores, and they're unlike the critical books that came out after September 11; the new tomes assure readers that Islam is a religion of peace. That, as Alvin Schmidt points out Thre Great Divide, is wishful thinking. Muslims are right to point out that the Bible has its parts (such as the book of Joshua) that sound bloodthirsty to modern readers, but the Quran is Joshua all the way through, without its contextualization in the peace-emphasizing prophetic and New Testament books. Professor Schmidt does not hack away at Islam, nor does he attack Christianity because of headlined absues that arise in it. He doesn't hyperventilate about the Abu Ghraibs of Christianity - the misogyny of some church fathers, the bloody entry of the Crusaders into Jerusalem, the pro-slavery rhetoric of some antebellum fire-eaters. Instead, he compares the normal practice of Christianity and Islam. He shows how Christianity grew by the blood of its martyrs, but Islam grew by killing those who opposed it. He compares the view of women in the New Testament and the Quran, showing how Christ's teaching eventually led to the development of complementary roles for men and women but Muhammad's teaching eventually led to the development of complementary roles for men and women but Muhammad's teaching led to subservience. He shows how Christians looked at slavery critically over the centuries and how many fought for its abolition; Islam, though, has no intrinsic anti-slavery position, so it's no surprise that some Islamic countries today still allow it. Christians who understand these specific differences, delineated in Schmidt's book, will strengthen their own faith and be ready to enter into discussions with Muslims without offering either appeasement or shotgun-blast aggression.

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