A Muslim could engage a Christian or a Christian could engage a Muslim to become "dialogue partners" in order to eliminate prejudices, to come to understand the other, and possibly embrace their religion. But are the terms of the engagement as simple as meets the untrained eye? I would suggest absolutely not.
Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi surveyed 100 randomly selected mosques across the United States. In a nutshell, the study documented strong correlations between advocacy of violent jihad and the presence of materials advocating such.
As we encounter Muslim believers it would be wise to understand the Islamic doctrine of al-walāʾ wa-l-barāʾ. We briefly examine four scenarios in how this doctrine works out in real life. Challenges to Muslims and Christians are detailed as well.
I watched a video in which the speaker affirmed that 'Isa of Islam, as the Muslim "Jesus" is called, is somehow the same as Jesus in the Bible. A closer look will reveal that this Muslim "Jesus" is what the Apostle Paul would say, is "another Jesus".
Rev. Mark Durie posted an explanation on Feb 21/2015 of the ISIS video that accompanied the slaughter of their Coptic victims.
Muslims were unashamed of telling the Christians exactly what Islam wants and what it thinks every human needs but were doing it in language that sounded Christian at first glance.
Let us examine Accad's attempt towards a "balanced approach" and look at what he calls his SEKAP scheme. We will look at the strengths and weaknesses of his overall approach as well as his overall recommendations.
For a Muslim, who by definition has Allah of Islam as his/her God, then that very person's actions would flow out of the character of this Deity. If we want to understand our Muslim neighbors, far and near, this might be of some use.
Mark Durie examines the "Abrahamic Faith" mantra and its promise of unity.
Is it theologically careless to use the term "Muslim brothers and sisters"? If so, is there a better term that we can apply?
Here is my observation on the "Apostle's Creed" of Islam and the Apostles' Creed of Christianity.
Raymond Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian whose book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians details the sufferings of Christians living as minorities in Muslim countries, posted a provocative blog piece entitled "Why Western Nations Should Only Accept Christian Refugees."
Operation Reveille, a ministry of Act Beyond that helps Military Christians understand the character, knowledge, and behavior of Jesus Christ in cross-cultural contexts, features 6 posts on the "Social Implications of Different Christian and Muslim Beliefs." The helpful summary chart is found here.
What is the true identity of gay Christians and Muslims followers of Jesus in Christ?
On November 13, ISIS released a statement, celebrating their "holy war" or jihad against France who they call a "Crusader nation." In a very ironic fashion, the statement is a back-handed challenge to the Church as well.
In a highly nuanced article, the British author Alistair Roberts touches on the need of the church to reach out to the weak and disadvantaged but also be cautious against kneejerk emotional judgments.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali suggests that even if the entire ISIS territory was re-gained militarily, the threat of Islamic jihadism will still re-emerge. Here perspectives are very much food for thought.