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An analysis of Islam from a Christian worldview, this course focuses on the history, beliefs, and practices of the Islamic community and contrasts them with what Christians believe to be the true biblical interpretation of history and culture. Special attention will be given to the life of Muhammad, Islamic history, understanding the five pillars of Islam, as well as Islamic beliefs and practices, the Islamic concept of jihad, and effective methods of communication and an awareness of the sensitivities of Muslims toward Christianity.
From the Teacher
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Muslim?” Unless you live in a primarily-Muslim country or have close friends or family who identify as Muslim, it is very likely that your answer to that question is something negative or even scary. Much of today’s news media sends a message that all Muslims are a threat to the rest of us or that Muslims are extremists behind every explosion in the Western world.
Christians who believe the Bible should know better, and we have a duty to think critically about these tricky issues. Many faithful, Bible-loving Christians would say, “good friend,” or, “hard worker,” are among the first things that come to mind when they hear the word “Muslim.” We must remember: Muslims (those who practice the faith called “Islam”) are equally made in the image of God as you and I, and they need the gospel of Jesus Christ just as much as we do.
If you wonder what the Bible has to say in response to the claims of Muslims, or if you want to know what Christians ought to believe regarding them, this is the class for you. We will study the basic history, tenets, and beliefs of Islam and evaluate them from a Christian worldview. We will discuss how to befriend Muslims and how to share the gospel with them. We will dig in to the really tough questions about Islam, like: What exactly is jihad and does the Qur’an encourage violence towards non-Muslims? Is Allah the same God we see in the Old Testament, as many Muslims claim? Can a person believe in Christ and still participate in the practices of Islam?
Jesus didn’t tell us, “Go and make disciples of all peoples; except Muslims.” Join me in this course as we seek to understand the people and faith of Islam better, and to follow Jesus in sharing the truth in love.