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The following pages have been added newly or substantially revised at the following dates:
9 December 2019
Christmas is nearing, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, and thus it is a fitting time to ponder again the meaning of this event, the question of who Jesus really is, and the purpose for which he came. Two articles by Roland Clarke: Solomon and Jesus: Eternity & Immortality and Jesus, the Son of God. Moreover, with The Chief Shepherd of the Flock Sam Shamoun follows up on and expands a topic of an earlier article, and Yahweh Our Sin Bearer looks at the person of Jesus from another angle. Rev. Richard Bailey contributes a comprehensive book (530+ pages) comparing the nature and character of God in the Bible and the Qur'an: WHO GOD IS (a 4.3 MB PDF file)
31 July 2019
Silas contributes two articles on foundational questions in discussions regarding Islam, relevant to interreligious dialog as well as the political realm: Islamophobia, Deficient Christians, and Fuller Theological Seminary and Real Islam, True Islam, Muhammad’s Islam. Sam Shamoun presents a comparison of the status of Jesus and Muhammad in the Islamic sources looking at several aspects: Muhammad is not Equal to Jesus But Jesus is Equal to Allah! (Part 1) and Jesus is Much Better And Greater than Muhammad (Part 2), and Christ as the Just Ruler and Judge – More Islamic Evidence that Jesus is like Allah. In addition, some time ago Sam Shamoun started his own Youtube Channel and a personal blog. Earlier this year, Samuel Green updated and expanded his article on The Different Arabic Versions of the Qur'an.
24 July 2017
Silas contributes two articles: The prophetic call Beloved Egypt Awake! and Islam Hates You. Bassam Madany translates and comments on a recent publication in an Arab online publication: The Myth of Islamophobia. Dallas Roark looks at a number of Bible passages leading to the conclusion: Jesus is declaring Islam to be a false religion! Sam Shamoun discusses some disturbing aspects of Obsessive Muslim Behavior and Devotion to Muhammad, and he shows How Satan Trumped Allah and his "Messenger". Furthermore, he provides a number of rebuttals to claims by two Muslim propagandists: (a) Jamal Badawi: Muhammad and the Splitting of the Moon, and Revisiting the issue of Muhammad and Epilepsy (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3); (b) Sami Zaatari: Jesus Christ – the Eternal King of Creation. Roland Clarke ponders the issue of Humility, and Journey to Jesus: Storying the Bible gives suggestions how we can help seeking Muslims on their journey of faith. Finally, the team of our Chinese section as written up some Guidelines on Muslim evangelism strategies which we wholeheartedly endorse.
15 February 2017
Silas has completed his examination of one prominent Christian's attempt to argue for the prophethood of Muhammad: False Prophet Muhammad, Fairytale Muhammad, and Harley Talman (Part 2, Part 3). Can Muhammad and Islam be in harmony with or in any way compatible to the Christian Faith when Praying Not to Be Jewish or Christian several times every day was made obligatory upon Muslims? Continuing on the issue of Muhammad's prophethood, Sam Shamoun answers to a challenge by Sami Zaatari, giving several examples where Muhammad clearly borrowed from fables and legends instead of receiving revelation: A Muhammadan Polemicist Disproves the Quran (Part 1, Part 2). Next, we take a look at the issue of the textual reliability of the Qur'an: The Incomplete and Imperfect Quran by Sam Shamoun. A while ago already, we uploaded an expanded version of Samuel Green's detailed article The Preservation of the Qur'an and synoptic Qur'ans. As Muslims regularly pick up arguments from religious writers that are neither Muslim nor Christian, Sam Shamoun examines claims by Rabbi Tovia Singer in Refuting Islam’s Favorite Rabbi (Part 1a, Part 1b). Other anti-Trinitarian arguments come from the Jehovah's Witnesses and it is helpful to occasionally address those as well: Worshiping Jesus as God: The Issue of David (Part 1, Part 2). Finally, he provides two rebuttals to postings by Muslim polemicist Paul Bilal Williams: Unsurprisingly, the Most Popular Verse in the Entire Bible ... Exposes Muhammad as a False Prophet and Antichrist and Muhammad: The Slave and Property of the Lord Jesus Christ.
7 January 2017
Christians are called to hold love and truth together, not neglecting the one or the other. Our Christmas update focused on communicating the Gospel in a loving and winsome way. But commitment to truth also means that we have to engage in the hard and uncomfortable questions of Christian-Muslim dialog. In our first update of this new year we look at the issue whether Muhammad was or could have been in some way a genuine prophet of the true God.
Actually, there are several "different Muhammads" around, so that we first have to ask which Muhammad we are talking about... Silas starts with Part 1 of the series False Prophet Muhammad, Fairytale Muhammad, and Harley Talman. Sam Shamoun looks at the issue of Muhammad's prophethood by examining various aspects of his "prophetic message". Moral issues and social: The Prophet of Terror and Mayhem (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and Did Muhammad Teach that Women are Stupid and Inferior to Men?, Did Muhammad Permit Women to be Beaten and Mistreated?. Scientific or common sense and contradiction to the former revelation: The Prophets and their bodies. Theological: Allah and Muhammad: Will the Real Servant Please Stand Up! (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3); Unveiling Allah’s Adviser and Counselor is yet another issue in which Muhammad elevates himself to a position that is ultimately blasphemous, see also earlier articles in the section on the Deification of Muhammad. Finally, Roland Clarke ponders God's Sovereignty in Human defiance enhances God's glory (Psalm 76:10).
22 December 2016 — a small Christmas update
Roland Clarke offers Practical ideas to shine the light during Christmas. Oskar invites us all to ponder Christmas: Quranic Commonalities and has also designed a Christmas Card on this topic. Adam Simnowitz provides a second round of critical reviews on Mazhar Mallouhi’s latest publications in his project of issuing a “Muslim idiom translation” of the New Testament: The True Meaning of the Gospel of Christ (revised version, 2016/2017) and The Bold Proclamation of the Apostles of Christ (first ed., 2015/2016) by examining Mallouhi’s rendering of the terms: Son, Son of God, and Father.
30 September 2016
Two articles by Roland Clarke help us to relate to Muslim friends and strangers with sensitivity: Childlike Humility: key to entering heaven and Hug a Muslim? Bassam Madany translated and comments on an article from an Arabic online newspaper: “It’s High Time for Shi’ites to Change Their Spirit of Victimhood” Sam Shamoun starts a new series of short summary articles with Jesus Christ – The Absolutely and Essentially Good God, and provides further examination of Isaiah 42 in Yahweh’s Servant Revisited – More evidence of Muhammad being a false prophet (Part 1, Part 2). And many more christological articles: How Unitarian Logic Proves that the Father can’t be God!, John MacArthur’s Exposition of our Lord’s Use of Psalm 110:1, The arrival of Israel’s Good Shepherd – More proofs for the Deity of Christ, Christ – The Life-Giver: More Quranic Proof that Jesus is Equal to Allah, Jesus Christ – The Eternal Refuge of Believers, The Messiah Jesus – More Than Human: Additional Quranic Proof for the Deity of Christ, The Quran Confirms the Prehuman Existence and Incarnation of Christ, The Inlibration of the Word: The Quran As A Model For the Incarnation and Hypostatic Union, Part 1, The Word of God Issue Settled Indeed! Part 1, and How will a Muslim be saved according to the Hadiths? He examines and rebuts an argument by Georgetown professor Jonathan A. C. Brown: Revisiting the Age of Aisha (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Postscript), and provides plenty of rebuttals to Muslim polemicist Paul Bilal Williams: The Messiah Our Righteousness Has Come! (Part 1, Part 2), Muhammad – Underneath the Glorious Feet of the Lord Jesus! (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), Jesus Christ – God’s Salvation Has Come!, How Jesus’ definition of God proves Muhammad was an antichrist, How Jesus’ “Apotheosis” proves Muhammad was an antichrist! Several articles on problems and contradictions in the Qur'an: Allah’s Violation of His Own Teachings (Part 1, Part 2), Revisiting Allah’s Cosmology, The Flat Earth Quran Revisited, and Does He Forget Or Doesn’t He?
6 August 2016
We finish the publication of John Gilchrist's new book, The Qur’an and the Historical Jesus, by making available the last three chapters: Chapter 7: The Qur’an and the Trinity, Chapter 8: Al-Masih: the Messiah and Chapter 9: The Word and the Spirit. After a recent deadly escalation on Western streets Oskar raises some questions regarding the conflict of Ahmadis vs. Muslims. Sam Shamoun takes a thorough look at Isaiah 42 and the alleged prophecy of Muhammad in this text: Revisiting the Prophecy of Isaiah 42, Addendum: The Theology of Isaiah Contrasted with the teachings of Muhammad, and More Muhammadan Blasphemies Exposed. To many readers it may come as quite a surprise: The Qur'an confirms the Trinity (Part 1, 2, 3a, 3b). A topic often brought up by Muslims is worth another look: Revisiting the Issue of Jesus Praying to and Worshiping God. A rebuttal to Muslim polemicist Paul Williams: An anti-Christian Rabbi Proves Muhammad is a false prophet! (Part 1, Part 2). A short logic and grammar problem in the Qur'an is exposed in The ANGELS of Allah – The Honored GUEST of Abraham and Lot. And how do these go together: Muhammad - The Praise of all Creation!? — is he to be praised because or despite Muhammad’s Marriage to a Prepubescent Minor, being The “Prophet” of Temptation and Lust, and issues around Muhammad and Wife Beating (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Postscript)?
29 June 2016
Roland Clarke presents new and fascinating information on the martyrdom of Salah Farah, who last December shielded many Christians against a murderous attack by Muslim terrorists: Salah a modern martyr. Silas' article, Miroslav Volf: Duped Christian, Shallow Theologian, Different Gods, provides another thorough response to Miroslav Volf and some of the main arguments in his book, Allah: A Christian Response. Sam Shamoun contributes many new articles and rebuttals: The Message of Salvation according to Luke-Acts (Part 1, Part 2), Islam Recognizes the Centrality and Necessity of the Blood as shown in Allah's Need For Atonement. He starts a valuable new series, Let The Study Quran Speak!, (Part 1a, 1b, Part 2), providing quotations from Muslim scholars that refute the common misuse of various Quranic texts by Muslim missionaries and polemicists. Then there is a short series on The Prophet of Chaos and Idolatry (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). He continues his rebuttal series, Shabir Ally’s Contradictions and Inconsistencies (Part 3a, 3b, 3c, Addendum), and provides two new rebuttals to Ibn Anwar: John 5:23: A Blessing for the Trinitarian and a Nightmare for the Muhammadan (Part 1, Part 2), and the first part of Muhammadan Blues: Exposing the shameless deceit and lies of an inconsistent neophyte.
24 February 2016
Roland Clarke provides some background information on the amazing story of a brave Muslim who risked his life shielding Christians from terrorists. We also continue with the publication of John Gilchrist's new book, The Qur’an and the Historical Jesus with Chapter 5: The Crucifixion of Jesus and Chapter 6: Jesus the Son of God. Examining some of his more recent debates, Sam Shamoun exposes Shabir Ally’s Contradictions and Inconsistencies [Part 1, Part 2] as well as One Muhammadan’s War against Allah and His “Messenger”, Part 1 and how The Apologist of Shirk Strikes Again! Responding to Ali Ataie, he provides evidence from the Bible for Worshiping Jesus as God [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4]. Similarly to Shabir Ally above, Ataie's claims are culminating in A Muslim Polemicist Becoming a Mushrik. In the last contribution for today, Sam Shamoun asks: Who really is Muhammad’s Allah?
The next three chapters of John Gilchrist's new book, The Qur’an and the Historical Jesus, are now available: Chapter 2: John the Baptist, Chapter 3: Bibi Maryam, and Chapter 4: The Virgin-Birth. Furthermore, a new tract by Roland Clarke: Save the Children. Finally, we recommend our readers a look at the short mediation Season's Greetings with Good News!, and at Mark Durie's Open Letter to President Obama.
20 October 2015
Silas continues his series on the question, Is ISIS Islamic? — Part 2: Muhammad did it, ISIS does it, Part 3: Understanding Islam and ISIS today, and, related to that issue, Egypt's Grand Mufti's Grand Deception. Dallas Roark reflects on “Jihadi John” and his statement “I will go back to Britain… and will carry on cutting heads off”. Seeing so much evil and suffering, will this world ever escape the grip of Satan? Roland Clarke ponders: Who can overpower Satan & release his captives?, God our Savior, Redeemer and What causes us to seek God? Sam Shamoun starts a new series, Turning the tables (Parts 1a, 1b, 1c, 2). During the next few months, we will make available John Gilchrist's new book, The Qur’an and the Historical Jesus, starting today with the Introduction, Chapter 1: The Historical Jesus, and the Bibliography. Already in July, Samuel Green revised and expanded his articles on The Different Arabic Versions of the Qur'an and on The Preservation of the Qur'an.
19 June 2015
First a teaser, Introducing a new book entitled, "What every Christian needs to know about sharing the Gospel with Muslims" by Roland Clarke, and then the book itself: What every Christian needs to know about sharing the Gospel with Muslims. Sam Shamoun provides several christological articles: Our Great God and Savior, The Eternally Praised God, The Messiah on Yahweh’s Throne -- The NT Witness to Jesus’ Divine Sovereignty over all Creation (Part 1, Part 2, Addendum), and The Divine Messiah Revisited -- Even More OT Proof for the Messiah’s Godhead (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b). Then a rebuttal series answering to arguments by Shabir Ally: Did Jesus Claim to be God? A Dawagandist Indirectly and Tacitly Answers Yes! (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3a, Part 3b, Part 4a, Part 4b). Finally, a rebuttal to some arguments originally made by Ahmed Deedat: Worshiping Jesus as God (Part 1, Part 2a, Part 2b, Part 2c, Part 3).
26 March 2015
Today we want to point our visitors to a few important publications (both Christian and secular) found on other websites. By now, ISIS has murdered thousands of Christians in the Middle East and committed unspeakable atrocities — from burning a captured soldier alive to the crucifixion of Christian children. In February, ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya according to their own propaganda video. We have come across a tract written by some Christians in response to last mentioned atrocity asking the members and supporters of ISIS, and in fact everyone, some relevant questions: Two Rows by the Sea (also available in Arabic). Mark Durie wrote on Challenging Islam’s Warrant to Kill. The Atlantic has published a thorough analysis of ISIS that is well worth studying: What ISIS Really Wants [21 pages], and we want to offer our readers a quick one-page synopsis of that article as an appetizer and stepping stone towards the original detailed publication.
14 March 2015
Adrian ponders the Muslim terror attack against Charlie Hebdo: #JeSuisCharlie versus #JeNeSuisPasCharlie — How to stop the war between Secularism and Islam. Dallas Roark contributed Why Do Muslims Hate Christians? and Confusion in Islam: Which Gabriel do you trust? Roland Clarke suggests fruitful ways to engage with Muslims in meaningful conversation: A Heart for Eternity, and Mighty to Save. Sam Shamoun contributes a substantial number of articles on christological topics, i.e. the question of the identity of Jesus Christ, the central issue of discussion between Christians and Muslims: An Articulation of the Doctrine of the Glorious Incarnation, Jesus Saves Exactly the Way God Saves, Worshiping the Lord Jesus as Jehovah God Almighty, Worshiping Jesus as God — Refuting another Anti-Trinitarian Objection (Part 1, Part 2), The Incomprehensible and Omniscient Son of God, God Alone is Good (Part 1, Part 2), The Messiah Most High Part 1a, 1b, Part 2a, 2b, The Coming of Israel’s Divine Shepherd King (Part 1a, 1b, Part 2a, 2b), More evidence that Jesus is infinitely Better And Greater than Muhammad. Finally, a rebuttal to the MDI (Sami Zaatari), Even More Proof that Jesus is God Incarnate! (Part 1, Part 2).
19 January 2015
With the article, Kareem Abdul Jabbar – Islam’s Most Valuable ‘Useful Idiot’, Silas evaluates and rebuts a particular reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attack. Moreover, he discusses Islam's and Christianity's different concepts of God's rule in this world in and/or through believers in the article: Jesus’ Kingdom Versus Muhammad’s Kingdom [Is ISIS Islamic? — Part 1]. Sam Shamoun exposes Islam’s Bad News versus the Good News of Jesus Christ (Part 1, Part 2) and contributes Seeing the unseen God – Addressing a typical JW objection to the Deity of Christ (Part 1, Part 2). Roland Clarke helps us Reflecting on 2014 and proposes a Fish tank parable illustrating God's power to save.
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